Top acts lined up for Wokingham festival

Published: 11 Jul 2014 17:300 comments

The summer festival season will march on this weekend with Under the Sky concerts promising two days of family friendly fun and sing-a-long music.

Music fans at last year's Under The Sky concert.

Music fans at last year's Under The Sky concert.

The packed line-up at Elms Field in Wokingham will include headline sets from legendary band The Real Thing and top tribute act The Rollin’ Stoned.

Local artists such as Reading’ group Amy’s Ghost – which performed at last year’s Under the Sky concert – will grace the stage.

The Real Thing – most famous for their song ‘You To Me Are Every-thing’ – will be the headliners tonight (Friday). Tickets are £20 on the gate for each day.

The Swerves, featuring Matt Allwright from BBC’s Rogue Traders, and local acts Off the Radar, Saskia Josephine and Sophy Lole are the support acts.

There will music at Elms Field throughout the day and evening on Saturday, with The Rollin’ Stoned the headline act.

Other acts performing that day include Amy’s Ghost and Talia Smith, a country singer best known for her appearance on The Voice earlier this year.

Organiser Stan Hetherington is looking forward to opening the gates and seeing the crowd’s reaction.

He said: “We took a lot of time thinking about what act the audience would most like to see this year and I think this will be The Real Thing’s first time playing in Wokingham. Also The Rollin’ Stoned are going to be absolutely superb. They played Ascot Racecourse in May and were a complete success – a first-class tribute act.”

Mr Hetherington staged the Under the Sky concerts for the first time last year – then over three days – with Toploader headlining the opening night.

As an open-air event, fingers are crossed that the weather holds out for the 1,000-strong expected crowd.

Come rain or shine the line-up will give smaller, local bands a chance to play alongside chart-topping artists and organisers take pride in giving exposure to upcoming musicians in the area.

Mr Hetherington said: “I can organise good beer, good music and good fun, but I’m afraid the weather is out of my hands.”

Self-proclaimed ‘folk ’n’ roll four-piece Bear & The Woods, playing on Saturday, are one of Mr Hetherington’s picks for a flavour of something local and lively and he said “they can really get the crowd going”.

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