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09:15 Monday 23 May 2011 

PHOTO GALLERY: Let's Rock The Moor! 2011

Four thousand people descended on Cookham Moor to transform the village into a smash-hit music festival on Saturday.

The third annual Let's Rock the Moor! concert was sold out for the first time and was twice as big as the 2010 festival.

Families soaked up the sunshine on their picnic mats as old-style rockers prepared to re-live their youth with the headline Eighties line-up of Rick Astley, T'Pau, Curiosity Killed the Cat and The Real Thing.

Co-organiser Nick Billinghurst said: "The atmosphere is electric. We've doubled the headline acts from two to four, and I'd like eight next year.

"We'll stick to the Eighties theme - they love it," he said, gesturing towards the swaying crowds.

Cookham's primary schools were first on the stage and early afternoon sounds came from Rock the Moor first-timers Hustle and Cuss, Izzi Stone, Sintax and tribute bands Stereosonics and Who are You?

Local favourites The Mean Red Spiders and The Quotes made return visits to Cookham Moor, before the Real Thing had people on their feet with disco classics, including their top hit You To Me Are Everything.

As evening set in, Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot from Curiosity Killed the Cat attracted some raised eyebrows during his set, before Carol Decker of T'Pau renewed the crowd's momentum with favourites including China in Your Hand.

Headline act Rick Astley soaked up the atmosphere by staying in the serene backstage area dressed with white linen tablecloths and fresh flowers.

"I'd love to go out there [in the crowd] but that's just asking for trouble," he said. "It's the whole line up which attracts the crowds - like with rock festivals, it's not all about one act."

Looking forward to singing his classic hits, he added: "I'm not here to experiment, it's a fun night out."

Despite waiting an extra 20 minutes for Rick Astley's set because of technical difficulties, the audience loved every second of his performance which ended on the high note of Never Gonna Give You Up.

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. Photos by Ian Longthorne.

Click here for a review of the concert by reporter Sophie Flowers.

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