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Baston Beats performers follow in the footsteps of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy





Singers followed in the footsteps of music giants when they performed at a village festival.

The Baston Beats event was inspired by a series of gigs held in the 1970s which attracted big names like Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy to the quiet Lincolnshire village.

Friends Niamh Addy and Christina Pitchford resurrected the event last summer and it was back again this weekend at the village playing fields.

Event organisers Niamh Addy and Christina Pitchford. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Event organisers Niamh Addy and Christina Pitchford. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Performances on Saturday came from The Rose Haunts, Eye 2 Eye, 2012, The Great Pretenders and The Brays. Sunday afternoon was an open mic event for young singers along with performances from teen bands The Celestials and The Sonics.

Niamh said: “Our little village was the epicentre of big bands back in the 1970s and we wanted to retain that musical heritage. We’re not quite at the level of Black Sabbath yet but it’s becoming more popular and appeals to all generations.

“It was a fantastic weekend. We were thoroughly blessed by the weather and it was heaving with people.”

Twenty Twelve take to the stage. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Twenty Twelve take to the stage. Photo: Chris Lowndes

It is thought the event raised more than £3,000 which will be split between the Bourne counselling charity Don’t Lose Hope and the Brudenell Playing Fields Management Committee in Baston.

Niamh added: “Last year was our first Baston Beats and we’ll be back again next year with our third. The young performers really appreciated having a platform to perform with a proper festival feel.”

Simon Pitchford and Nick Rickett keep the drinks flowing. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Simon Pitchford and Nick Rickett keep the drinks flowing. Photo: Chris Lowndes
James Pritchard, 13, Max Addy, 13, and Matthew Pitchford, 11, enjoyed the day. Photo: Chris Lowndes
James Pritchard, 13, Max Addy, 13, and Matthew Pitchford, 11, enjoyed the day. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Raising a glass to a great day out. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Raising a glass to a great day out. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Matt Ayliff, Tom Hames, Rachel Hames, George Hames, Jack Hames, Louise Martin and Jacob Ayliff watching the bands. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Matt Ayliff, Tom Hames, Rachel Hames, George Hames, Jack Hames, Louise Martin and Jacob Ayliff watching the bands. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Friends enjoying the atmosphere. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Friends enjoying the atmosphere. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Baston Beats returned for a second time. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Baston Beats returned for a second time. Photo: Chris Lowndes

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