Musicians flock to show support for Rox festival

Hundreds of local musicians will support a free Bognor Regis music festival.

As preparations for the 22nd Rox Music and Arts Festival step up a gear, scores of musicians and singers have stepped up to perform at the three-day event starting on July 27.

Professional, semi-professional, hobbyists and amateurs from all along the South Coast, Sussex and Hampshire have registered their support for the charity.

Organisers have selected a cross section of acts to entertain the thousands of expected visitors to one of the UK’s biggest free festivals.

Centred on the front lawn of the Royal Norfolk Hotel, the free music and arts festival which features some of the best unsigned acts from around the region starts on July 27, about 6pm.

In a twist to this year’s programme, the festival has been extended to allow festival-goers to watch live excerpts of the Olympic opening ceremony.

DJs from the Aldingbourne Trust and Bognor favourite’s The Minestrone of Sound, will also be on hand to kick things off from 6.30pm when the gates open.

A licensed bar, food, refreshments and trading stalls will be available until the event closes at 10.30pm.

Rox will revert to its usual mix of entertainment for the weekend of July 28 and 29, with a whole variety of musical talents expected to be on show across five different 

On July 28 the festival’s day of entertainment will climax with a reprise of the successful Bob Dylan show which was produced at The Alexander Theatre, in Belmont Street, by ROX last year to celebrate Dylan’s 70th birthday.

Other bands confirmed include Double Negative, Lineside, Little Shocks and The Mash.

Complete festival details including a site map and running order will be in next week’s Observer.