Malvern Link common will be venue for rock festival this Saturday in aid of Acorns Hospice

Malvern Gazette: Ian Parker, manager of Malvern's G4S Children's Services in Malvern, presents a cheque for £150 to Andy Mapp, towards the Midsummer Mappfest's support of Acorns Children's Hospice. Ian Parker, manager of Malvern's G4S Children's Services in Malvern, presents a cheque for £150 to Andy Mapp, towards the Midsummer Mappfest's support of Acorns Children's Hospice.

SOME of the finest rock bands from Malvern and beyond will be performing on the common at Link Top on Saturday, June 21, in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice.

Midsummer Mappfest is the latest venture from fundraiser Andy Mapp, who has been supporting the hospice for several years.

Mr Mapp started out modestly with small parties in his Bank Street home, but the scale of the events escalated last year, when he held two festivals in the Re-Con music venue in the town centre.

Now he's hoping for fine weather at the weekend so that the event recaptures the vibe of free festivals held on the common during the 1980s, the memories of which inspired him.

The festival has two stages, with 16 bands playing from noon to 10pm. Headlining are Slack Granny and the line-up includes Ronin, Black Russian, Dogs of Santorini, Sam Eden and many more performers.

Mr Mapp said: "The festival is a true coming-together of the community with local and national businesses all participating to raise money for Acorns.

"Malvern Hill Conservators have given permission to hold it on Link Top common, the same venue for the old free festivals 30 years ago."

He has also secured the services of G4S, which recently opened up a children's home in the town. The company will be providing a security team to ensure a safe environment for, and has also donated £150 to the hospice.

"I'm very grateful to G4S for this kind gesture, to the Conservators for permission to use the common, and to all the performers and everyone else who is contributing to the festival."

There will also be bouncy castles, a barbecue, vegetarian food stalls, a fully licensed bar, children's rides, tombolas and raffles.

Mr Mapp said: "This is a true free festival with not one penny going out for expenses, thanks to the generosity of the people of Malvern. Entry is free, but I would urge festival-goers to give generously in support of the hospice."

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12:53pm Mon 16 Jun 14

CJH says...

"...tomorrow (Saturday, June 21)." Not sure about the WN, but I think tomorrow is Tuesday June 17! Which is it?
"...tomorrow (Saturday, June 21)." Not sure about the WN, but I think tomorrow is Tuesday June 17! Which is it? CJH
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1:01pm Mon 16 Jun 14

CJH says...

"...bands playing from noon to 10am" Does this mean they are time travelling backwards, or it's going to go on all night until the next morning? I despair.
"...bands playing from noon to 10am" Does this mean they are time travelling backwards, or it's going to go on all night until the next morning? I despair. CJH
  • Score: 1

1:16pm Mon 16 Jun 14

js says...

Perhaps this was written to go in the hardcopy Malvern Gazette which comes out on Friday, and shouldn't have been put online?
Perhaps this was written to go in the hardcopy Malvern Gazette which comes out on Friday, and shouldn't have been put online? js
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Mon 16 Jun 14

New Kid on the Block says...

CJH wrote:
"...tomorrow (Saturday, June 21)." Not sure about the WN, but I think tomorrow is Tuesday June 17! Which is it?
Sounds a bit like the ones in the 80's, I soon got into a state where I didn't know the time or date.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: "...tomorrow (Saturday, June 21)." Not sure about the WN, but I think tomorrow is Tuesday June 17! Which is it?[/p][/quote]Sounds a bit like the ones in the 80's, I soon got into a state where I didn't know the time or date. New Kid on the Block
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1:20pm Mon 16 Jun 14

CJH says...

js wrote:
Perhaps this was written to go in the hardcopy Malvern Gazette which comes out on Friday, and shouldn't have been put online?
Either way, it's another c*ck-up, isn't it? You'd think they'd try harder as it's advertising for Acorns. And goodness knows they deserve the support and money.
[quote][p][bold]js[/bold] wrote: Perhaps this was written to go in the hardcopy Malvern Gazette which comes out on Friday, and shouldn't have been put online?[/p][/quote]Either way, it's another c*ck-up, isn't it? You'd think they'd try harder as it's advertising for Acorns. And goodness knows they deserve the support and money. CJH
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Mon 16 Jun 14

CJH says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
CJH wrote:
"...tomorrow (Saturday, June 21)." Not sure about the WN, but I think tomorrow is Tuesday June 17! Which is it?
Sounds a bit like the ones in the 80's, I soon got into a state where I didn't know the time or date.
Now why am I not suprised... :-)
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: "...tomorrow (Saturday, June 21)." Not sure about the WN, but I think tomorrow is Tuesday June 17! Which is it?[/p][/quote]Sounds a bit like the ones in the 80's, I soon got into a state where I didn't know the time or date.[/p][/quote]Now why am I not suprised... :-) CJH
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2:50pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Andy1955 says...

Blimey you lot are on the ball..
The event is on Saturday 21st June from 12.00 noon until 10.00pm. Come on take your fingers off the keyboard and put your hands in your pockets. Lets make loads of money for Acorns.
Cheers, Andy Mapp. :-)
Blimey you lot are on the ball.. The event is on Saturday 21st June from 12.00 noon until 10.00pm. Come on take your fingers off the keyboard and put your hands in your pockets. Lets make loads of money for Acorns. Cheers, Andy Mapp. :-) Andy1955
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3:02pm Mon 16 Jun 14

CJH says...

Andy1955 wrote:
Blimey you lot are on the ball..
The event is on Saturday 21st June from 12.00 noon until 10.00pm. Come on take your fingers off the keyboard and put your hands in your pockets. Lets make loads of money for Acorns.
Cheers, Andy Mapp. :-)
We have to be on the ball Andy! I keep hoping there's a prize for whoever spots the most mistakes in the WN...be happy to donate it to Acorns! :-)
[quote][p][bold]Andy1955[/bold] wrote: Blimey you lot are on the ball.. The event is on Saturday 21st June from 12.00 noon until 10.00pm. Come on take your fingers off the keyboard and put your hands in your pockets. Lets make loads of money for Acorns. Cheers, Andy Mapp. :-)[/p][/quote]We have to be on the ball Andy! I keep hoping there's a prize for whoever spots the most mistakes in the WN...be happy to donate it to Acorns! :-) CJH
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6:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

New Kid on the Block says...

CJH wrote:
New Kid on the Block wrote:
CJH wrote:
"...tomorrow (Saturday, June 21)." Not sure about the WN, but I think tomorrow is Tuesday June 17! Which is it?
Sounds a bit like the ones in the 80's, I soon got into a state where I didn't know the time or date.
Now why am I not suprised... :-)
I was almost young then, a bottle of cider and the world took on a rosy hue.
Some things don't change very much.

Joking apart it is for a good cause and deserves plenty of support. So get your hands in your pockets and lets not have any complaints about the noise made by people enjoying themselves in aid of a good cause.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: "...tomorrow (Saturday, June 21)." Not sure about the WN, but I think tomorrow is Tuesday June 17! Which is it?[/p][/quote]Sounds a bit like the ones in the 80's, I soon got into a state where I didn't know the time or date.[/p][/quote]Now why am I not suprised... :-)[/p][/quote]I was almost young then, a bottle of cider and the world took on a rosy hue. Some things don't change very much. Joking apart it is for a good cause and deserves plenty of support. So get your hands in your pockets and lets not have any complaints about the noise made by people enjoying themselves in aid of a good cause. New Kid on the Block
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7:01pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Geep says...

Fair play to Andy Mapp for restoring the Common Festival - I think I attended the last of them, just after I'd moved to Malvern. Don't know why they stopped having them - was it something to do with a motorcycle club who turned up on the bus carrying crash helmets (From Kidderminster?)
I do recall Toad's band - 'Health Warning'? doing a great cover of 'Thin Lizzy's' 'The Rocker' & then being attacked by a police dog, who must have thought I came from Kiddy.
Ah, happy daze!
Fair play to Andy Mapp for restoring the Common Festival - I think I attended the last of them, just after I'd moved to Malvern. Don't know why they stopped having them - was it something to do with a motorcycle club who turned up on the bus carrying crash helmets (From Kidderminster?) I do recall Toad's band - 'Health Warning'? doing a great cover of 'Thin Lizzy's' 'The Rocker' & then being attacked by a police dog, who must have thought I came from Kiddy. Ah, happy daze! Geep
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9:37pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Small Town says...

I used to love the free festivals and parties on the commons, one of the best was in '92 at a Castlemorton. Sounds like Andy and his crew will have a decent sound system on Saturday so it should be a top event.

I just hope the locals don't kick up a fuss because of the loud tunes, you wait, next Monday it will be wall to wall complaints in our WN from the kill joys and nimbys.

Rave on.
I used to love the free festivals and parties on the commons, one of the best was in '92 at a Castlemorton. Sounds like Andy and his crew will have a decent sound system on Saturday so it should be a top event. I just hope the locals don't kick up a fuss because of the loud tunes, you wait, next Monday it will be wall to wall complaints in our WN from the kill joys and nimbys. Rave on. Small Town
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5:58am Tue 17 Jun 14

Andy1955 says...

Small Town wrote:
I used to love the free festivals and parties on the commons, one of the best was in '92 at a Castlemorton. Sounds like Andy and his crew will have a decent sound system on Saturday so it should be a top event.

I just hope the locals don't kick up a fuss because of the loud tunes, you wait, next Monday it will be wall to wall complaints in our WN from the kill joys and nimbys.

Rave on.
Don't panic Captain Mainwaring! Yes we have a first class sound system and professional sound engineers to ensure the surrounding neighbours will have as little sound overlap as possible. The site forms a natural amphitheatre which is why it is the perfect spot for it.
Please don't expect a 'Rave' you will be disappointed but we have brushed Toad down and he will be making a headlining appearance with his band Slack Granny.
[quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: I used to love the free festivals and parties on the commons, one of the best was in '92 at a Castlemorton. Sounds like Andy and his crew will have a decent sound system on Saturday so it should be a top event. I just hope the locals don't kick up a fuss because of the loud tunes, you wait, next Monday it will be wall to wall complaints in our WN from the kill joys and nimbys. Rave on.[/p][/quote]Don't panic Captain Mainwaring! Yes we have a first class sound system and professional sound engineers to ensure the surrounding neighbours will have as little sound overlap as possible. The site forms a natural amphitheatre which is why it is the perfect spot for it. Please don't expect a 'Rave' you will be disappointed but we have brushed Toad down and he will be making a headlining appearance with his band Slack Granny. Andy1955
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Andy-Apache says...

So is it *next* saturday then? Was going to say I didn't notice anything last Sat. Make sure you don't play too loud as I live in Albert Park Road and shall complain - just like I did when The Who played my back garden in '68...

Looking forward to it! :-)
So is it *next* saturday then? Was going to say I didn't notice anything last Sat. Make sure you don't play too loud as I live in Albert Park Road and shall complain - just like I did when The Who played my back garden in '68... Looking forward to it! :-) Andy-Apache
  • Score: 4

8:02pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Horatio One says...

I can remember setting up the satge off Graham Road , I can remember Halcyon headlining after that nothing
I can remember setting up the satge off Graham Road , I can remember Halcyon headlining after that nothing Horatio One
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9:12pm Tue 17 Jun 14

New Kid on the Block says...

I shall have to head over there on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how many people I recognise from my misspent youth.
I shall have to head over there on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how many people I recognise from my misspent youth. New Kid on the Block
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