THE record-breaking Guitars On The Beach returns to Lyme Regis on Saturday, June 16, when local young talent will take centre stage.
This year, there will be three new, teenage members of the GOTB House Band -Ella Foxhall [vocals], Jake Causley [sax] and Tyler Street [guitar] – which will be leading crowds in an attempt to break the record for Britain’s Biggest Band, set at the event in 2014 when thousands played along with Deep Purple’s frontman Ian Gillan to ‘Smoke On The Water’.
Lyme’s new, young band Dream Phaser will also take to the stage at this month’s event, and young Chard-based band The IOUs will be headlining.
Music on the beach stage will start at 10am, with colourful town councillor Jeff Scowen acting as MC for the day. The programme includes at least 11 bands, mostly from the local area, performing a variety of pop, rock, reggae, ska, blues, folk and jazz.
The line-up also includes Delta Tango 7, Funkin’ Skunks, The G Men, Grace Gillan & Jake Miller, Hot Sausage, The Little Streets, Perfect Strangers and Slinky Machine. The record attempt will be at 4pm when the crowd will be invited to play along with the GOTB House Band to a set dedicated to legendary guitarists who died last year, including Chuck Berry, Glen Campbell, AC/DC’s Malcolm Young and Tom Petty.
Songs that will be performed are: ‘Free Fallin’’ [Petty], ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ [Young], ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ [Campbell], ‘You Never Can Tell’ [Berry], along with nods to the late Joe Strummer of The Clash [‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’], the late Rory Gallagher, who would have been 70 this year, [‘Bullfrog Blues’], Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ and John Mellencamp’s ‘Small Town’. The play along session will climax with GOTB’s signature tune, Buddy Holly’s ‘Rave On’, which was first released 60 years ago this year. Chord sheets for all play-along songs are available on the Guitars On The Beach website.
Music on the beach will finish at 10pm with headliners The IOUs, followed by a free after party with DJs and late bar at the Marine Theatre.
This year’s events will be filmed for a documentary by young director Callum Bate, of Birmingham, who will be capturing footage from behind the scenes, on the sand, interviewing the bands and those taking part. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring along flags, as well as their guitars, to create a festival-style look on the sand for the film.
Visitors on the day will also have the chance to ‘become an instant rock star’ with a selfie sideshow, built and painted by local joiner and artist, and GOTB founder member, David Austin. Poke your head through and snap away for just £1 a go.
Lyme Regis artist Hugh Dunford Wood has also especially created an exclusive Collino print for GOTB, which organisers are now planning to use on official merchandise, including mugs and coasters, to raise funds for next year’s event.
GOTB has raised more than £7,000 for the staging of this year’s event, which would not be taking place without the vital support of sponsors, including Lyme Regis Town Council, Ian Gillan, SWIM, Lyme Bay Holidays, Snack Shack West Bay, Tukxi, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Football Club, Axminster Garden Machinery, Advantage Digital Print, Westwood Guest House, Hugh Dunford Wood, Niall Squire and Musicians Insurance Services.
The park and ride in Charmouth Road will be up and running for the event, with the last bus at 7.30pm and gates open until 10pm. Visitors are encouraged to use the facility as car parks are expected to fill up quickly.
For full detail’s on the day’s events, visit www.guitarsonthebeach.com