An Extra Special Rockin’ Hallowe’en on the Bandstand!

This year we have an extra special Festival of Sound Rockin’ Hallowe’en on the bandstand for you, we’re so excited, we can’t wait to tell you, but we’ve been sworn to secrecy, so you’ll just have to come along and see for yourselves…(You will not be disappointed)



4:00 – BULLETT (Southern Rock)

5:00 – HORRORS OF VENUS (after their amazing performance last year and great costumes we had to ask them back!)

Thank you, thank you, thank you…

We’d like to thank everyone that helped make today so wonderful, the sponsors who funded the event, all the incredibly talented singers and musicians that played for free; the sound engineers, the technicians, the stage managers, the safety stewards and the charity collectors, in total 359 people that volunteered today, you are all amazing and we couldn’t have done it without you! Also a huge thank you to all the restaurants in town that donated food and kept us all well fed. 🙂

We’d like to thank…

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all the companies listed below who are donating food and drinks to the Festival of Sound Volunteers tomorrow. When we counted up all the artists, stewards, charity collectors, sound engineers, technicians, stage managers and stage crew there are 359 of us, and we’ll all be very hungry, so thank you so much to all the great companies of Horsham for feeding us, it’s much appreciated and just goes to show what a great community spirit Horsham has, only one restaurant said no when we asked them, all the others were so nice and really pleased to be helping out. If you’d like to donate food or drinks too please take it to your nearest stage tomorrow between 10am and 10pm. Thank you very much. 🙂

Mr Simms
Fresh Bakers
Horsham Tandoori
West Cornwall Pasty Company
Ask Italians
Pizza Express
Dominos Pizza
Café Nero
Costa Coffee
Cromptons (Olive Branch)
Lynd Cross
Anchor Hotel



Hard hitting Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell tribute covering all eras – from the very beginning with Ozzy and his unique vocals on the debut and definitive hard rock album “Black Sabbath” – all the way through to the sad ending with Heaven and Hell and the immortal Ronnie James Dio…hence the name “From Sabbath To Hell”

Name: Kirsty “Rozzy” Pollock
Position: Vocals
Brought up on a diet of 60’s and 70’s rock, Kirsty’s vocal influences include all the greats of that era, most especially David Coverdale, Paul Rodgers, Ian Gillan, and the legendary Ronnie Dio (with whom she shares a brass-playing background). With a huge voice and a ton of flying hair she’s known for her passionate delivery and commanding stage presence – which makes her a natural to front a band paying homage to the music of the very founders of heavy metal, Black Sabbath!! If anyone is ever interested in vocalist’s gear, it’s the good old workhorse SM-58 mike, through whatever you’ve got, and you might want to stand back when it comes to the screams!

Name: Jon “Geezabass” Payne
Position: Bass
Jon was brought up in a very heavily musically influenced area (the West Midlands) and first picked up the bass at the age of 14. He played in his first band (X-Calibre) when 16 before discovering that there was more to life than playing Ramones tracks!! Very much influenced by Geezer Butler, Jon has adopted both the playing style and the sound of the great man and put his own slant on it. A very experienced bassist and bass technician he has been a Black Sabbath fan for as long as he can remember and has always wanted to form a fitting and accurate tribute band to push the Sabbath sound to the masses (not that there can be many who have not heard of them)!! Jon uses ESP, Washburn and Crafter basses, Laney amplification and DR Black Beauties Strings.

Name: Ryan “Mr Ryommi” MacDonald
Position: Guitar
Mr Ryommi first picked up the guitar as a teenager after listening to and being inspired by Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction album. After a few years of on and off self taught playing, he started to perform live around the age of 18 with a number of originals bands for a short period of time. After 10 odd years of not playing at all, he started to play again just before the age of 30 but this time in a number of local covers bands. Having grown tired of the covers scene, a new challenge was on the cards and it was always going to be a heavy rock band. After an initial session with Jon and Kirsty it very quickly became clear that Sabbath was the main influence collectively and the choice of direction become immediately obvious.

Name: Steve “Biill & Vin” Farley
Position: Drums
Steve emerged from his mother’s womb with a set of drum sticks in his hands (ouch!) and has been playing since he was secondary school. He joined his first band at 15 playing rock covers by such bands as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath (of course) among many others. He has rarely had a break from playing and has appeared in many bands local to the Crawley area, most notably Redfish Bitesback. Bill Ward and John Bonham are Steve’s biggest influences and they totally represent his style of playing, powerful but with the touch and feel needed to reproduce the Sabbath sound and an ultra-tight rhythm section. Steve uses Yamaha Drums, Paiste and Zildjian cymbals and Vic Firth 2B’s sticks.

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Festival of Sound – Horsham desperately needs volunteers to help out on Sunday, could you spare a few hours? We need 20 volunteer safety stewards and 20 volunteer charity collectors.
If you’d like to help out please come along tomorrow night, (Wednesday 29th August) to our volunteer briefing meeting, it’s upstairs in B5s in Piries place from 8pm and should take less than an hour.

Below is a link to our online safety steward’s form which gives you full details of your role, charity collectors please come along to the briefing and put your name down.

Many thanks. 🙂


Iron Tyger’s charismatic take on the fun and excitement of 80s rock has prompted huge excitement from audiences across the UK., combining iconic tunes from rock legends like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Whitesnake with clever rock flavoured twists on classic hits from 80s artists such as Aha and Madonna – all delivered with the powerful and passionate performance that has become the band’s trademark!


















GunShot Straight are an alternative rock band that hail from the South coast of England but with the world in their sight.
Originally formed in late 2008 GunShot Straight is Chris Carnell on vocals and guitar, Dan Orchard on bass and Steve Hodgkison  on drums. GSS released their 1st album ‘The Final Days of 44’ in the spring of 2009, it’s classic rock sound with the modern feel proved a success with clubs up and down the south. Building a fan base by being honest about the great bands that influenced the trio – from Led Zeppelin, The Who to CSNY to ACDC. GSS wears its influences on its sleeve – rock, with a mix of soul and a pinch of punk.

Phone: 07966 – 866990 (James)











Festival of Sound 2012 bands – photo shoot offer!

We have an unbelievable offer for Festival Of Sound 2012 bands from our official photographer Ian Pearson Photography. He is offering band shoots starting at just £70. This can be either a shoot at a gig or a location shoot. You will receive 10 high quality digital images to use for promotion and will have the option to purchase more if required. This is such a good deal that it is only for bands that are playing at this year’s festival. Shoots must be booked by the end of November to qualify for this. Maximum of 1.5 hours but further time can be purchased at a rate that will also be discounted. Shoots must be within 10 miles of Horsham. For shoots outside this area a charge will be added.