The Hanwell Hootie Festival gets bigger every year, with thousands of music fans descending on the West London suburb hoping to see just some of over 100 bands performing.
Back in 1962, a certain Jim Marshall opened a shop on Hanwell High Street to sell his guitar amplifiers. The Marshall amp quickly became an icon of rock and pop music. When a plaque was unveiled to honour Jim ‘The Father of Loud’ in 2013, the Hanwell Hootie was born.
By the time I arrive the streets of Hanwell are packed with revellers, spilling out from some of the 17 pubs and venues hosting today’s festivities.
I make my way to the outdoor Sandy Park stage, in search of headliners and Zine UK favourites, Bang Bang Romeo. The Doncaster band are set to be huge after the announcement of stadium support slots with both Sting and P!nk this Summer.
Tonight’s show is on a slightly smaller scale but the marquee tent is full to bursting by the time Bang Bang Romeo take to the stage.
Singer / Force of Nature, Stars soon has the crowd hanging on her every word, her amazing voice as striking and attention-grabbing as her neon green outfit. With guitarist Ross, drummer Rich and bassist Richard the band perform a fun 45 minute set.
Highlights include singles ‘Bag of Bones’ and ‘Shame on You’, a raucous sing-along cover of ‘Seven Nation Army’ and last song, ‘Invitation’ where Stars goes into the crowd to get up close and personal with her audience!
Some great songs and Stars’ friendly and modest between song banter ensure the band have recruited more followers to the growing Bang Bang Romeo Army this evening.
‘So, will you be coming to another Bang Bang Romeo gig?’ asks Stars.
The answer is a deafening ‘YES!!’
Words and Pix: Lorna Cort
The Zine UK’s very own Dead End Dolly. Epic Photographer and Manic Street Preaching photo-journalist with a love for cats.