It was Easter Bank Holiday and that can only mean one thing in Plymouth’s music calendar – a whole weekend of rousing, raucous rock at the Voodoo Lounge all in aid of St Luke’s. Rockfest was in its 11th consecutive year and the aim was to top the previous year’s staggering record amount of £6,000 – and have a good time doing it.
“I was really happy with the record amount of £6,000, raised from last year’s event,” says organiser Cuz Cussen. “Relocating to the Voodoo Lounge from the Junction proved to be a good move and I’m looking forward to a repeat performance this year. But as always I’m hoping to improve on the tally raised last year. Since the passing of my mum in 2008, Rockfest has raised in the region of £20,000, which I’m very proud of. But if it wasn’t for the generosity of the paying public and, of course, the bands themselves giving up their free time to play this wouldn’t happen. Hats off to them.”
It was the first time The Cleaners had been asked to play the event so we were massively excited about taking part. We were having a nice chat outside with a bloke called Gary who said he sang in a similar group to our own. It was our best show so far, nice stage, pa & lights… photographers etc. About halfway through the set we launched into ‘Tomorow’s Girls’ by UK Subs at which point our new friend Gary joined us onstage and in song. He prowled the stage menacingly and delivered a cracking vocal that Charlie would’ve been proud of. Needless to say, we have asked him to sing with us again on numerous occassions since. He was Gary Johnson of ‘Jurassic Punk’. Hi Gary 🙂