Big Scary Face Show rocks The Heath

ROYSTON Heath hosted its own mini Glastonbury on Sunday in the shape of the Big Scary Face Show.

Eight bands performed in an open air arena in aid of children’s charity Unicef, with organiser Andy Blackford delighted with how it turned out.

“The Big Scary Face Show proved to be an outstanding success, despite the less-than-ideal weather,” said Mr Blackford, who performed on the day with his own band Big in Litlington.

“The music was of a consistently high quality and we’re already talking about next year’s event.”

The gig was given its unusual name in homage to a painting by Mr Blackford’s son Tom, a professional artist.

Revellers queued up to have their faces painted in a scary style.

“I saw Tom’s drawing, which is on display at Waterloo Station, and found it a really striking image,” said Mr Blackford.

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“I decided to use it as the theme for the day and want as many face-painters and scary looking characters to come along.”

Grunge band The Royal Cartel, who have recently supported My Chemical Romance, opened the show before Mr Blackford’s band took to the stage.

They were followed by former Kinks member Jim Rodford’s band, The Rodford Files, Van Morrison’s backing musician Paul Moran and Cambridge Folk Festival stalwart Adrian Nation.

Funk-rockers Fat Friday, 70s cult-band Spreadeagle and Tim Bryant finished off the proceedings.

Mr Blackford was keen to thanks all the bands, Sue Marchant from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire who compeered the event and Paul Nickson who provided the sound.