All Rejoice the Return of Hobble on the Cobbles

You heard it right in the title, Aylesbury’s legandary music all-dayer returns to the town on Sunday 25 August 2013 with a mixture of local and national talent. The Searchers top the bill, bringing their timeless 60’s beat sound to Market Square.   SubSiren caught up with organiser Stuart Robb for a chat

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1. Hobble on the Cobbles returns this August following a two-year break – you must be over the moon?

Yes, we’re all very pleased to have the opportunity to give Aylesbury another ‘Hobble on the Cobbles’ – which will make this one ‘number 6’!  Once again, we are working very closely with and on behalf of the Aylesbury Town Council, and Town Centre Partnership to make this event viable, and try and re-establish itself into the hearts of the local music fans.

Its’ been well documented this large scale free music event has had some financial difficulties in the past – most notably in 2011, during the height of the recession.  And last year, because we obviously had the Olympics and Paralympics, there was no room in the calendar (or budget) for HOTC, so I think this will be a welcome return for the town.

2. Were you always confident the event would return?

Let’s just say I was hopeful..!  It’s a great event, and the music fans and families of all ages plus the local bands all seem to enjoy it – we’ve had tremendous support over the years, which is fantastic.  Like anything though, it has to be financially viable – and as this is a free gig, and as we cannot sell or allow alcohol in the Market Square, straight away there goes two of the biggest income streams for any festival, so we have to simply rely on the support of local businesses through advertising and sponsorship.

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3. It’s headlined by Merseybeat veterans The Searchers, who along with the Beatles were one of the original British invasion groups to break America in the early 60’s. What drew you to them?

As you and your readers probably know, we have already featured 70’s bands (John Otway (above) / Eddie & The Hot Rods), 80’s bands (Fish, Kajagoogoo), a 90’s band with local rock outfit The Original Sinners, and 00’s and present day bands with Scouting For Girls, and The Red Bullets to name but a few. We’ve not had a 60’s band before, and as this is also the 6th HOTC, it seemed to fit together quite nicely.  The drummer [Scott] is also a friend of mine, (who incidentally grew up in Aylesbury) – so we are also able to keep with our ‘local connection’ theme as well.

4. What other acts are on the bill which you would recommend?

Once again we have so many great bands lined up for HOTC, which is fantastic. They will be split across four stages, from 12 noon, when the event opens, to approx 8pm.

In Market Square, we shall have the Main Stage, and Showcase Band Stage, and in Kingsbury, we shall have an Acoustic Tent for Singer-Songwriter’s, plus a Covers Band Stage.  Obviously I recommend them all, but if you can, do try not to miss Tin Spirits (which features former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory), Lu Cozma (featuring Steve Askew from Kajagoogoo), John Young Band, Jump, Katie Buckhaven, and Pete & Rob’s Musical Whimsey. [featuring Pete Trewavas of Marillion, and Robin Boult from the Howard Jones Band].

We also have popular local bands Palahniuk, Evette Judge, Almost Midnight and Zealey & Moore to name but a few… and a few extra surprises as well..!

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5. The good news about the Hobble’s return follows on from the announcement that the Specials and Steve Hackett will perform at Friars in the Spring. Is this just a blip or do you think the good times are returning for the local music scene?

We’re really excited to see Friars back at the Waterside Theatre, with two May gigs – and we hope more dates will be confirmed later in the year. Watch this space!

There are still a lot of great bands and musicians currently playing around the local area, like Flicker, Lost Minute, James Manders, Alex Toye, Frowser etc and it’s great to see more venues and pubs are supporting live music too.  I like to think we’ve even helped play a small part in helping build up the music scene over the past few years, obviously with arranging countless gigs and showcases, Aylesbury Festivals and of course Hobble on the Cobbles!

Check out The Green Man, Shoot Pool, The White Swan, Slug & Lettuce, The Aristocrat, Weavers etc to name but a few, and hopefully we’ll see more local music returning to The Queen’s Head, The Rockwood, and Niche in the not too distant future too.

Hobble on the Cobbles will return on Bank Holiday Sunday 25 August 2013, from midday till 8pm

For more information visit the Official Website

There are also Facebook / Twitter / Myspace links via our Lemonrock Page: so do JOIN, FRIEND, FOLLOW & SHARE

There are also a few video clips from previous HOTC festivals here

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