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Quo favourite John Coghlan will bring his band to Town Hall festival

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

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JOHN Coghlan's Quo, Ferocious Dog and The Peckham Cowboys are the final acts to be confirmed for Rockstock & Barrel Festival in Burton in October.

However, original headliners The Quireboys have been forced to withdraw from their acoustic headlining slot on the Friday night of the event due to a scheduling conflict.

The new 500-capacity event at Burton Town Hall on October 3 and 4 combines an impressive line-up of bands with Burton's first-ever cider festival, promising up to 60 real ciders. There'll also be festival-style food vendors and full bar facilities.

John Coghlan played on all of Status Quo's classic albums - Piledriver, Hello!, Quo, On The Level, Blue For You and Status Quo Live. Since leaving he has worked with many noted and diverse musicians, including Partners In Crime and the short-lived Rockers, featuring Phil Lynott, Roy Wood and Chas Hodges.

In March, 2013, things went full circle as John was reunited once more with the classic original line-up of Status Quo to play on the Frantic Four Reunion Tour. Now John Coghlan's Quo, who headline Friday night, play the band's greatest hits and classic album tracks.

Also added to the Friday night line-up are The Peckham Cowboys. Built around the late-night drawl of Marc Eden – original vocalist with 'The Project', which eventually became Velvet Revolver – and the guitars of Dale Hodgkinson, they have roots in the scene that gave us The Quireboys (former guitarist Guy Bailey founded the Cowboys; ex-bassist Nigel Mogg is now on board).

Creating their own take on traditional Celtic folk, Saturday headliner Ferocious Dog take the traditional instruments; fiddles, whistles, mandolins and mix them up with a bit of, raw, buzz saw rock 'n' roll attitude. For many years Ferocious Dog appeared at small venues until in 2009 when the band were given the opportunity to play at Bearded Theory Festival. They went down a storm, were asked to return and ultimately played the main stage in 2012 where their popularity grew tenfold.

The rest of the bill includes Wille and the Bandits, Paul Miro, Teenage Casket Company, The Roughneck Riot, A World Defined and Darktown Jubilee. Limited advance tickets are on sale priced £12 for Friday night, £20 for all-day Saturday and £28 for a full weekend ticket. Go to www.rockstockandbarrelfestival.co.uk.

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