Rock at the Racecourse Winners Announced
Greenham Common Trust is pleased to announce that the winner of Rock at the Racecourse 2012 is The Jammin’ Dodgers.
The Thatcham and Cold Ash rock band narrowly beat Hungerford four-piece Highly Personal into second and Ramsbury indie band the Gutter Gods into third place in the close contest at Newbury Racecourse on Friday.
The Jammin’ Dodgers won £500 and a day in a recording studio (courtesy of Studio 91, Greenham Business Park) for winning the event. Highly Personal received £300 and Gutter Gods received £200.
The manager of The Jammin’ Dodgers Leo Westby said: “The JD'S are absolutely delighted to have won. They said it was a total shock as the standard was so high, and they had really enjoyed the night regardless of the result.
They are really looking forward to recording an EP and making a music video with the winnings. They would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to play, and hope to play any future events that may result.”
Greenham Common Trust spokesman Julian May added: “Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the other four shortlisted bands: Empires, Glacier, The Doss and singer songwriter Conanan MacDermott who also put on a great performance. Well done everyone. A fantastic evening was had by all. ”
Special thanks to The Mini Band for opening the show, Adam Kotz for compering the evening, The Crave for an amazing headline set and to the judges: Sticks and Strings owner Rick Green, Live and Unsigned and Open Mic UK judge Rosalind Fountain and New Device singer and Newbury School of Rock teacher Daniel Leigh.
Rock at the Racecourse judge Rosalind Fountain said: “It was a pleasure to be part of the event. The standard was very high. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and the bands and their supporters seemed to be having a great time.”
Thanks also to the Corn Exchange, Newbury Racecourse and Greenham Common Trust staff Mitch Thomas and Jill Owen for their fantastic help at the final.
For more coverage and photographs please see this week's Newbury Weekly News.