All Cannings concert offers condolences to Boomtown Bob
Organisers of the charity Concert at the Kings have sent their condolences to Bob Geldof, who is due to headline the gig next month with his band, the Boomtown Rats.
Th message follows the death of Sir Bob’s 25-year-old daughter, Peaches, on Monday. The body of the mother-of-two was found at her Kent home and the cause of her death is being assessed.
Sir Bob, who said he and his family were “beyond pain”, is due to headline the 4,500-ticket concert, with his band, on May 31, at All Cannings, a village near Devizes.
A statement from the event’s organisers read: “We were all saddened to hear the news about Bob Geldof’s daughter, Peaches.
“Our thoughts are with Peaches’ husband, Tom, and her sons Astala and Phaedras after her sudden death.
“Our condolences go out to Bob Geldof and Peaches’ sisters, Fifi Trixibelle, Pixie and Tiger Lily, during this tragic time.”
It was announced this week that the Concert at the Kings organisers have decided to have a second stage for young, up-and-coming bands.
John Callis, a sound engineer for Sir Paul McCartney, lives in Beechingstoke and is one of the organisers.
He said: “The B stage will be for new bands, who have just been signed. “Lots of bands and artists sent us their music on You Tube and we had about 100 bands who applied. It was not easy to choose.”
Three bands have been booked and it is possible another will be added. The bands appearing are Funkin Skunks, the Greasy Slicks and Jake Meeking, who is from Bath.
On the main stage will be the Boomtown Rats, The Straits, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Los Pacaminos and the Troggs.
The concert, now in its third year, will staged be in a field behind the King’s Arms pub in All Cannings.
It is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Above and Beyond, which supports hospitals in Bristol, and projects in All Cannings.
The event has not sold out before, but Mr Callis said he was hopeful it would this time, due to earlier promotion and the backing of such stars at Sir Paul McCartney and Queen guitarist Brian May, who are leading a social media campaign.
Mr Callis said: “Tickets are selling really well and we are about halfway through what we can sell.
“We are way ahead of where we have ever been with eight weeks to go. The website has had over 265,000 hits, compared to 60,000 last year.”
Wadworth Brewery in Devizes, which owns the King’s Arms, has supported the concert each year and is doing so again. It is brewing an ale that will be available only at the concert.
Paul Sullivan, sales and marketing director at Wadworth, said: “It’s not every day that a pub in Wiltshire is able to host the Boomtown Rats and the Troggs and has the support of Sir Paul McCartney.
“We have been involved since the start and this year is going to be better than ever.”
For more information, go online to www.concertatthe kings.co.uk