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SIX-O SPECIAL

The theme of Hemsby’s 60th rock’n’roll weekender was The Big One… and so it proved. The names were big, the crowds were big, and by Monday, so were the hangovers.

HEMSBY # 60, 18 - 21 MAY

Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon was given a hero’s welcome in the Harlequin Ballroom at Hemsby’s 60th rock’n’roll weekender

This year’s four-day Hemsby Rock’n’Roll Weekend marked 30 years of twice yearly festivals at the Norfolk resort, always attracting more than a thousand worldwide rockabilly and rock’n’roll fans every time.

May’s shindig proved no exception with more than 1,500 people on the steadily improving site, where more than £10 million has been invested in the past year alone to bring facilities into the 21st century.

But the big draw was the acts, with Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon topping a bill that included Swedish sweetheart Eva Eastwood, doo-wop maestros The Metrotones and Welsh guitar wizard John Lewis.

There is far more than music over this intense weekend. There was a boat cruise on the nearby Norfolk Broads, a classic car and bike show, jive lessons and contests, clothes and record merchandisers, and a Sunday car boot sale obviously aimed at insomniacs with its 5am start.

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