Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
Day 3 began at the unsightly hour of 8am at the Winter Garden Floral Hall with an 8:20am sound check for the performances at 2:40pm and 3:30pm.
After the sound check students reconvened at CMP Studios for a final rehearsal session. Bands finalised their set lists and running orders before heading back to Winter Garden for the afternoon performances.
Congratulations to Chantalle, Amber, Callum, Red, T-J, Harry, Luca, Sam, Lawrence, Alex, Frank for putting on a fantastic all-round performance. Well done!
Day 2 of Sussex Rocks at CMP Studios continued in fine form as students tightened up the performances of their favourite classic rock tracks in readiness for the Winter Gardens gig on Tuesday 29th October (2:40pm and 3:30pm).
Bands rotated between studios to rehearse with head tutor Richard Perkins and were joined by drum tutor Phil Drew in the afternoon to help out the resident drummers.
A few more songs were added to the set list today, including ‘Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac and ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes. The as yet unnamed bands performed timed sets at the end of the day to ensure they can get on and off stage, set up and play their songs within 20mins.
Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
We Are The Champions – Queen
Sussex Rocks returns from 27-29 October, 2013 at CMP Studios for an intensive 3-day music course covering all aspects of classic rock, funk and blues, climaxing with full-band performances at Winter Gardens in Eastbourne on Tuesday 29th October.
Once again Richard Perkins (Bath Guitar School), and Phil Drew (Ravebugs), together combining over 30 years of experience, team up to deliver three days of expert advice and tuition about songs, bands, live performance and studio session work.
Please support Maxim Gamble’s valiant effort on tech duties during Sussex Rocks 2013 by purchasing the Sussex Rocks 2013 Live album for only £2! Listen below for free and purchase via this link: Sussex Rocks 2013 – The Gig
All funds go directly to Maxim who recorded and produced all tracks on the album – Thanks, Maxim!
So, that’s it for 2013, Sussex Rocks has finished for another year, and we went out on a high note! Many students performed for the very first time in front of an audience (50+ strong in attendance) while others were honing their stagecraft and showing what they’ve learned over the past week with confidence and style.
From all the instrumental tutors; Richard, Jason and Phil, we thank all the students for a great week, and roll on Sussex Rocks 2014!
Sussex Rocks – Class of 2013
All bands spent the whole day rehearsing their songs for the end of week performance.
Where: Willingdon Community School When: Friday 2nd August, 2013 Time: 4:30pm Entry: Free
Bands performed the following:
Dakota by Stereophonics
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
Come Together by The Beatles
Wishing Well by Free
Highway To Hell by AC/DC
School’s Out by Alice Cooper
Don’t Believe A Word by Thin Lizzy
Texas Strut by Gary Moore
Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
Diamonds and Rust by Judas Priest (Excalibur feat. Amber Satchwell)