Rock legends Oliver Dawson Saxon top Rawmarsh music festival

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Dearne music legends Oliver Dawson Saxon will headline the fifth Beanfest - Rotherham’s annual music festival, this year as it returns to Rawmarsh.

Beanfest is run in the memory of Rob ‘Bean’ Crook of Rawmarsh, who died in a car crash in 2010 aged 23.

The free festival that has grown in size each year has a target sum of £15,000 to donate to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Oliver Dawson Saxon is fronted by Seventh Son Brian Shaughnessy with founding Saxon members Graham Oliver of Mexborough and Steve Dawson. The band have a new album and book out this year.

Another 16 rock and pop bands will play at the family friendly event on July 12 at Roundwood Farm. Street stalls, refreshments and added entertainment will all add to the unique atmosphere.

Organisers, all friends of the late Rob Crook, said that this year saw a mass of band applications. Those playing will perform noon until late across two stages. The full line-up includes; Reet Hot Chilli Peppers, Mentallica, Servers, Mask of Virtue, Skam, MonteCarloSafeCrackers, The Inspectors, Infirmity, Crazy 88, Doused, White Water Blackout, Faster the Chase, Mayhem, This State of Ours, Dead Sharks and Lost Limbs, and Beanz Bizkitz.

Rob’s mum, Dorothy Crook said: “There’s no better way to pay tribute to Rob than Beanfest. It’s amazing to use the festival to help an excellent local charity.”