Benefit Gig For Foodbank A Great Success

St. Helens punk band Flat Back Four organised a gig at the Rendezvous Pub on Church Street in the Town Centre last Saturday to collect food for the St. Helens Foodbank.

We spoke with Ste Lingard from Flat Back Four, who said “The benefit gig for St. Helens Foodbank at the Rendezvous Bar last Saturday was a great success.  This was the fifth year we have staged it, and was perhaps the best supported yet, drawing a large and appreciative crowd.”

“Only Strangers from Stoke opened the night with a powerful and melodic set.  The atmosphere buzzed from moment the house lights dimmed and the lads kicked off.  Considering that few of those attending would have heard them before, the lads made a very strong impression.”

“Crocodile God were up next, having made the short journey from Liverpool.  I declare an interest here in that this lot are among my very favourites.  They did some Peel sessions in the 90s and seemed set for huge things, but it didn’t quite happen, for some reason.  They had a few years off but are back and in fine form.  Sort of a Scouse Descendents meets The Vandals, with a hint of Snuff.  It was a treat to have them.”

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“It was a great pleasure to have fellow Sintelliners Rasta4eyes on next, in a very rare appearance in their home town with a full band.  Their seven piece reggae/punk fusion was a soulful delight, providing colour and texture to a powerful bill.  They got the crowd moving, as ever.”

“Flat Back Four concluded the night.  I am in the band, so can’t say anything objective about the set; I can say, however, that it was – yet again – one of the highlights of the year for us.”

“The generosity of our community was evident in the reception all of the bands got, and especially in the donations of food: 15 bags-for-life full of it, all safely delivered to St. Helens Foodbank.  Thank you to everyone who brought something, to all of the bands, and to Diane and the staff at the Rondy.  It was a team effort all round.”

Photos by Richie Yates


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