MUSIC fans in Newhaven will be spoilt for choice as two festivals are staged within the next two weeks.
Free concert Rock-Haven will take place tomorrow Saturday August 25) on the West Quay Lawns (Huggetts Green) in aid of the Haydn’s Wish Charity.
The charity was set up to research the links between allergies and asthma, hay fever and eczema following the sudden death of Haydn Wileman, a pupil from Southdown Junior School, Newhaven.
Nine-year-old Haydn died after eating his favourite breakfast cereal and the charity has touched the hearts of bands from across Sussex who are all playing for free.
Bands will include Mood Indigo, The Officials, Reptilia, Bullett, The Firm, Random, Stash and Europe’s premier Rolling Stones tribute band The Railing Stains, playing continuously from 1pm until 11pm.
Rock-Haven, which is being organised by the Newhaven Nomads Group, a group of volunteers who raise money for good causes.
Nomads chairman Spencer Gough said: “Thanks to the generosity of the band members, sponsor John Summers, Roy’s Liquor Store, Arena Entertainments, Old School Guitars Newhaven and Newhaven Town Council, we have been able to put on a major event for all the family.
“In addition to the music, we have got fairground rides, stalls, refreshments, food vans, ice creams, toilets and a beer tent and we expect a good family turnout.”
The following week on Saturday September 1 The Engineer Charity Bash will take place from 2pm until 11pm at the Engineer Public House, in Railway Road, Newhaven.
The charity bash will also raise money for Haydn’s Wish as well as Chailey Heritage, and will feature live music from six bands: The Riffz, Shot Rod, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Rockits, The Firm and Random, who are all playing for no fee.
There will a barbecue, face painting, raffle, tombola, cake stall, hog roast and bouncy castle and a large marquee.
Landlord Bob Daniels said: “Last year it poured with rain but although it kept the numbers down everyone had a good time.
“I am really grateful to the bands for giving up their time and hopefully the weather will be kinder this year and we can raise lots of money for our worthy charities.”