By Carol Garrington
LAST year Wolverhampton’s Compton Hospice held its first Compton in the Park family fun day and it was such a success that this year they’re doing it bigger and better.
Entry to the event being held at the city’s West Park on Saturday June 26,is free. There’ll be lots on for families including a fun fair, It’s a Knockout competition plus lots of stalls, games and activities.
This year, for the first time, there’ll also be a Battle of the Bands competition and legendary Slade lead guitarist Dave Hill is set to be head judge.
Wolverhampton’s own iconic glam rocker will head a panel of entertainment experts as the bands perform in a sing-off, in front of a 4,000-strong crowd.
Eight groups from across the Midlands have lined up to fight it out in the Battle of the Bands contest.
The six most popular bands will perform live at West Park with the best band winning a professional recording session at Wolverhampton’s Bullet Studios and a day-long photoshoot with Dark Lens Photography.
The first round of the battle has started after phone lines opened on Monday June 13 for supporters to vote by text for their favourite group.
The votes will decide which six bands go through to perform in the final. Text votes will also be added to the scores from the judging panel to decide who is crowned the winner.
Each vote will raise money for the hospice’s Raise the Roof capital appeal, helping to pay for the £3.5m redevelopment of the main hospice unit. Texts will cost 50p plus the standard network rate with 22½p from each vote going to the hospice.
The length of time fans have to cast their vote has been extended until 5pm on Monday June 20 – for details and to listen to clips of the bands go to the fundraising event pages of the Compton Hospice website.
It promises to be a great day out with plenty going on all day to keep everyone happy. We will even be packing a picnic if the sun shines like it did last year.
To vote for your favourite band, text BOB then space followed by A, B, C, D, E, F, G or H for your favourite to 80889 as follows:
Arcane Rage – BOB A
Shatter Effect – BOB B
FlyByNature – BOB C
Freeze – BOB D
Drink & Jive – BOB E
Grace the Skies – BOB F
KnoxVille Highway – BOB G
The Good Swimmers – BOB H
The Compton in the Park fun day is being held at West Park, Park Road West, Wolverhampton, WV1 4PH from 9am to 5pm.