Bands lined up to fill town with sound

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Hundreds of music lovers will be descending on the region this weekend for an event which started life in a lay-by.

Buckingham’s annual live music event, the BandJam Big Bash, takes place on Market Hill on Sunday, with bands lined up to fill the town with sound from 1pm to 10pm.

Headlining this year are covers band My Holiday Romance, who began their musical careers gigging at BandJam evenings. They will be playing from 9pm to 10pm.

Kicking off the action at the start of the afternoon will be four-piece rock and pop covers band Spaced Out. They are followed by Rufus Stone and guests, fronted by Big Pete.

Next up is The Retros, playing old school rock covers and soul classics as well as their own songs.

The next band, The Wah Wah Club, say they “create alternative music using dirty guitar sounds”.

Silver Tongue Bandoliers are a three-piece band from Milton Keynes who write original music and like three-part harmonies.

The Sex Pissed Tools are a Sex Pistols tribute act.

The Estrellas cover soul, rock and pop covers from the 1960s to today, from Blondie to Bruno Mars.

They are followed by The Bighead rock reggae band from Northampton, fronted by singer songwriter Da Costa.

The BandJam Big Bash is organised by Sean and Cher Allen, and sponsored by Buckingham Town Council to the tune of £3,000, with amplification kindly provided by Marshall Amplification, of Milton Keynes.

The event is free to attend but buckets may be rattled for the mayor’s charities.

Councillors and council officers act as stewards throughout the day, along with professional stewards.

And at the end of the evening, a team of councillors sweep the entire area clean.

Co-founder, town councillor Robin Stuchbury, said: “I’m quite chuffed with it. It cheers me up every year when I see people down there enjoying themselves.

“Weather permitting, there could be anything from 1,200 to 1,500 people there from the afternoon into the evening.

“I started this 12 or 13 years ago with Colin Saunders of BandJam. We started it one year in the lay-by by the Old Gaol.

“The next year we campaigned for the town council to get a budget to do an August bank holiday festival, and we’ve done it ever since.

“The town council provides the budget but these events always rely on a huge amount of voluntary work.

“Sean puts an immense amount of effort into the day.

“Yes, we do all the funding but it wouldn’t take place without Sean.”