A New Sports & Music Festival For St Albans
Saturday June 19th 2010
This summer a unique new festival comes to St Albans, showcasing a host of new and established musical talent.
Rob’s Festival, in memory of St Albans entrepreneur Rob Williams, will take place at Beaumont School where he was educated, on Saturday 19 June.
The eventis in aid of the Prince’s Trust - Rob Williams Enterprise Fund and the Beaumont School Association (BSA).
Students and adults will be equally catered for at the event which includes acts such as London based DJ duo the Filthy Dukes - more known for playing at super club Fabric - and up and coming artist Eliza Doolittle, who releases her first single on Parlophone this week.
A range of fun activities including a sponsored team sports event, skateboard and graffiti exhibitions, stalls and games, as well as a live music stage, are also planned for the day.
Rob, a keen sportsman at his time at Beaumont School, was better known in the later part of his life as a well known and successful entrepreneur, winning numerous awards for his business Dolphin Music, with partner Jason Tavaria, also born and educated in St Albans.
The Rob Williams Enterprise Fund was set up after Rob’s life was tragically cut short in 2009. The money raised will be used to help young entrepreneurs starting out in the music and technology industries.
Rob’s Festival is being organised by Rob’s close friends and family who are working tirelessly on top of their day jobs to make the event a success.
Speaking of behalf of Rob’s family and friends, event organizer Steve Machell said:
“Rob’s Festival will commemorate Rob’s achievements in the music industry and his lesser known - but equally impressive - achievements in sport at Beaumont.
“We’ve secured a seriously credible music line up to bring a slice of London cool to St Albans for one day. We hope this will make the event a real hit with everyone – be they Beaumont students or adults.”
The full music line up includes:
The Filthy Dukes released their debut album last year 'Nonsense in the Dark' to an avalanche of acclaim. Their single 'Tupac Robot Club Rock' featuring Wiley and Plastic Little was on the Radio 1 A List. They run a massive monthly night at Fabric under the guise 'Kill Em All'. The Filthy Dukes will be bringing the noise to Rob’s Festival
with one of their trademark DJ sets.
Eliza Doolittle is a singer–songwriter who is signed to the Parlophone record label. Her new single ‘Skinny Genes’ is set to break out this Spring with her debut album due to follow. Trust us; see her now as this girl is going to be HUGE
London quartet The Rileys are a band going places. They boast nationwide airplay, a top ten Amazon rock download and sold out headline shows at Shepherds Bush Empire, Islington Academy, Bush Hall and The Barfly. With word of mouth and media attention continuing to build and build, 2010 looks set to be the year in which The Rileys break through to the mainstream.
Kaana Ellie and the Remedies
Few singers can boast a voice or a stage presence better than Kaana Ellie, one of London’s premier soul singers. Kaana is backed up by a seriously talented group of musicians known as The Remedies and fresh from their headline gig at the Jazz Cafe last year this act is unmissable for any lovers of UK Soul and Funk.
The Honey Ants
The Honey Ants are a London based band. They play infectious 1960s style pop that has a modern feel. Think melodies and harmonies as you might hear sung by The Mamas and The Papas, The Turtles, The Hollies and The Zombies. A band definitely on the rise, their music has recently been featured in the BBC programmed 'Off The Hook'. Rob’s Festival will be their first festival appearance.
Emily Capell is an upcoming singer song writer from North West London. Her songs tell stories of celebrity lust, musical influences and general adolescence. Sounding like the adopted daughter of Jamie T and Billy Bragg and a distant relative of The Clash and The Libertines. Emily has been performing on the London circuit for over a year now and her gigs are always electrifying!