Bulldog Bash welcomes Rossi

Bulldog Bash welcomes Rossi


Bulldog Bash welcomes Rossi!

By Marc Abbott -


 01 July 2011 13:54

This year’s annual Bulldog Bash sees three of the biggest names in British musical history set to rock the festival to its very foundations. Francis Rossi’s Status Quo – yes, THAT Status Quo – combine with the inimitable Bad Manners – yes, THAT Bad Manners, with Buster Bloodvessel – and goth stalwarts The Damned, fronted by Dave Vanian and ably assisted by Captain Sensible – yes, THAT Capta…

Things you never knew about the Quo? How about this for an impressive fact – they’ve had more hit albums than the Beatles (that’s 32 in total). It’s hard to believe it’s been 43 years since their first hit. Pictures of Matchstick Men was released in 1968, and the boys have sold more than 118 million records since!

Frontman Rossi said of their forthcoming return to the Bash’s main stage: "We love playing the Bulldog and it's fair to say that we are delighted to be back. It's one of the liveliest shows that the band play anywhere on the circuit and we're looking forward to giving the crowd a serious Quo rocking!"

If you grew up in the 80s, ska collective Bad Manners will need no introduction – Lip Up Fatty’s going to raise the roof! Stat time again: the nine-piece band spent 111 weeks in the charts between 1980 and 1983, with 15 hits.

Vanian and Co’s The Damned first appeared on the goth scene in 1976, and are celebrating the milestone of their 35-year anniversary this year. Expect loudness in the extreme.

There are loads more bands to see over the weekend of the Bulldog Bash. Live entertainment is one of the friendly festival’s cornerstones, and this year won’t disappoint on that front. At the last count, more than 30 bands are set to appear.

Rock music not your thing? The organisers have most things covered, so there’s even a Rave Tent – especially useful if you’ve not done enough dancing by the time the main stage packs up for the night!

The Bulldog Bash, this year celebrating its silver jubilee, is held at Shakespeare County Raceway, near Stratford, Warwickshire, and runs from August 11-14. To buy advanced tickets (cut-off date is July 15), and for more information as it’s announced, make sure you visit www.bulldogbash.com