8 Sep 2016

Ronson Rocks Greatfield

A celebration of the platinum-haired spider from Hull

Greatfield Estate in Hull was home to Mick Ronson – the platinum-haired Hull boy remembered around the world as the guitarist in David Bowie’s backing band, the Spiders from Mars. Known as the estate’s most famous son, Mick helped to define the sound of an era, earning a place alongside the likes of Lou Reed and Morrissey in the annals of music history.

Greatfield is continuing to celebrate Mick’s legacy by bringing the party vibes to the estate on 10 September with Ronson Rocks Greatfield, a day-long festival with a whole heap of incredible live performers across two stages, including a family area, bar and entertainment for people young and old, with many dedicating songs to the man himself.

Mick Ronson’s sister Maggi Ronson will be making a special appearance on the Big Local Stage, performing a tribute to her brother’s incredible achievements. Her performance will include a mix of songs written by Mick along with her own original work, all performed on the road where Maggi and her brother grew up. Joining her on the Big Local Stage will be alternative-folk band Ramble Gamble known for their energetic shows, featuring songs written about pirates, cowboys, bar fights and volcanoes. The Hillbilly Troupe will also be performing their unique blend of trad folk, Irish ska and punk, plus there’ll be top sets from Gnome and Signs of Home.

Over on the Future Suns Acoustic Stage there will be an opportunity for talented locals to showcase their stuff, including the likes of Rubee Adams, Elice Smalley, John Murray, Jenny Smith and local dance groups.

The team behind the event at Greatfield Big Local Partnership would love to see residents inspired by the event and to help generate more interest in music again in the area.  ‘When I was young and lived on Greatfield, it was common to hear guitarists and drummers playing in their bedrooms. I would like to hear that again’ says Claire Taylor from Greatfield Big Local.

If you fancy popping down, Greatfield residents can purchase a discounted wristband for £3 from The Waudby Centre, or at the ticket office on the day. Call 01482 702390 or email the team at info@greatfield.org.uk for more details.

For those living outside of Greatfield, tickets are a mere £6. You can also grab your ticket from The Waudby Centre, at the ticket office at the event or at Hull Box Office.

Free under 16 tickets are also available through Hull Box Office or at the Waudby Centre which can obtained on the day if accompanied by an adult.

Ronson Rocks Greatfield will take place over at the Former Betty Willis Centre Site on Annandale Road in Greatfield on 10 September from 12-6pm

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