Rockfest 2016 had so many entries that this year, for the first time, we had to split the concert between long break and prep.
Eight acts from the Lower School and ten from the Upper School were given the chance to play two songs each to a wildly appreciative and enthusiastic audience. Again the extraordinary weekend efforts of the Mr Herring, the Drama Tech Crew and Music Technology pupils meant the show looked and sounded amazing.
The standard of musicianship and showmanship seems to rise every year and there is always something new to enjoy.
A new band in the Lower School took the stage by storm, Ollie Harding having a great voice and electric stage presence. Both brilliant Lower School Duets enhanced their performances with help from the Music Technology pupils. Not many teenage girls can rap Eminem but Rachel King can extremely well; and a special thanks should go to George Matthews for not only helping all the bands set up on the main stage, but also drumming for Milly and Sophie and holding a microphone boom stand for an entire song to prevent it falling on Vinyl’s drummers head.
Possibly for the first time, if you don’t count McCartney as rock, bagpipes appeared in a rock band and performed the Queen classic ‘We Will Rock You’; accompanied by distorted electric ukulele through a Marshall stack - only at Dauntsey’s!
The Lower School show then finished with the first form Rock Club performing ‘Space Oddity’ as a tribute to David Bowie.
In the Upper School Show the experience, dedication and regular practice of Apparition and February Tide shone through their performances, (young bands and musicians take note). Both bands are getting local media attention and obviously enjoying the results of their hard work.
Monks Habit wore Nuns’ Habits which was confusing, but the newly expanded band played well together and performed a great rendition of Scissor Sisters’, ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’.
All the solo and duet performances were outstanding and the voting for this section was very, very close - please see full results below the picture gallery.
Many thanks to John Barwood and Graham House for the wonderful photographs.
Rockfest Results 2016
407 people voted and cast a total of 1,628 votes across 4 categories – best overall performance, best band, best solo/duet and best stage dress. Congratulations to everyone who took part and particularly well done to Milly Wand and Sophie Harris, Peaceful Khaos, Apparition, Rini Banerjee and Monks Habit who all picked up a first place in one of the 4 categories.
Please see full results here – Rockfest Results 2016 (pdf)
Coming soon – A Rockfest Film!