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Go, Cats, Go!

WILDEST C AT S I N TOWN SUMMER WEEKENDER

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Cars, crepes, drapes and rock’n’roll royalty were all part of the fabled Wildest Cats In Town summer weekender in Suffolk – and a fabulous time was had by all

6-9 JULY, PONTINS, PAKEFIELD, SUFFOLK

If one performance could sum up the spirit of this summer’s Wildest Cats In Town weekender, it would have to be Lou Cifer & The Hellions belting out Do You Believe (In Rock’n’Roll)? at the climax of their Saturday night set.

If you’re not familiar with the band or the song, Lou and his boys are one of the most vibrant and exciting bands on the rockin’ scene. Very much in the Crazy Cavan tradition of writing catchy original material about teddy boy culture, the German quartet perform with a swaggering aggression epitomised by another highlight of their appearance, Hey, Mr Judge – a ted’s plea for mitigation defined by the once-heard-and-forever-in your-head refrain: “I don’t want no trouble with no one… but everyone wants trouble with me!

Their set closer, Do You Believe, was a big loping Gospel-style number with a call and response chorus reminiscent of Elvis singing with the Jordinaires, although the message was strictly secular.

As the crowd in the ballroom pressed forward against the edge of the stage like a tent revival congregation seeking a baptism, and the imposing, drape-coated figure of Lou Cifer leaned over their heads like an evangelist preaching hellfire and damnation, the repeated chant of “Do you believe?” and its answer, “I believe!”, seemed to go on forever until everyone was caught up in the quasi-religious fervour…

Because how could anyone who attended Wildest Cats In Town not believe in rock’n’roll? The music was everywhere, with different bands and records simultaneously booming from the ballroom, various bars, outdoor stages and rehearsal rooms – from 9am in the morning until 3am the following morning – throughout a long weekend at Pontins Pakefield that now begins with a welcome party on the Thursday evening…

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