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09:35 Tuesday 25 May 2010 

REVIEW: Bands rocked the Moor in Cookham

It wasn't just the food that had a distinctly local flavour at Cookham's Lets Rock the Moor on Saturday, writes Sophie Flowers.

Around 2,000 people came to support local bands, including young Maidenhead rockers Distant Origins and Cookham-based Burdock, at the open-air concert on Cookham Moor.

Lance Gerrard-Wright, lead singer of Cookham's The Mean Red Spiders, said the festival should be made an annual event.

He said: "It is bringing the community together. Local talent, local musicians – it's a win win situation."

Children were out in force, running around barefoot, and enjoying the sounds of High School Musical (Class of '09) and tribute act Girls Alouder.

Talented youngsters were invited on stage by the girl band to take part in a dance-off to some of the band's greatest hits.

Quirky Reading band The Quotes provided quintessential festival rock and Red Roots delivered a charismatic set.

Soul'd Out performed classic disco hits which were a hit with the more mature members of the crowd.

There was some confusion over the headline act which led to some late-comers missing Haircut 100.

Billed as joint headliners, Haircut 100 and Howard Jones were always going to compete for top spot. But Haircut 100 graciously accepted second place and allowed Jones to close the event.

Haircut 100 were supported by a superb live band and performed favourite hits including Boy Meets Girl and Fantastic Day, getting the over 30s on their feet.

Howard Jones performed his new-wave Eighties pop hits, along with his recent successes, to a rapturous crowd and rounded off the day on a high note. 

Organiser Nick Billinghurst was delighted with the turn-out and said most of the attendees were from the surrounding area.

He said: "Everyone has said we should make it an annual event."

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