Roger Daltrey to judge bands at musical festival

Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey

BANDS trying their luck at this year’s fast-approaching Hastings Musical Festival will have an extra special incentive for doing well after The Who legend Roger Daltrey confirmed he will be a guest judge.

The iconic frontman was set to cast his eye over the annual showcase’s fledgling rock class last year, but had to pull out after being offered a tour slot alongside Eric Clapton.

This year however, the legendary singer will definitely be at the White Rock Theatre and will join Paul Roberts of The Stranglers in deciding on a winner.

Daltrey is the latest big name to come on board with the century-old festival after pop temptress Petula Clark agreed to become its president.

The mod favourite will be in Hastings on Wednesday, March 6, for the rock contest, which gets underway at 6pm.

And Petula Clark is also expected in town for the Festival Finale on Saturday, March 19, which starts at 6.45pm.

The festival’s main organiser, Molly Townson, could not hide her excitement.

She said: “It is great news to have someone as famous and talented as Roger Daltrey coming down to our festival.

“We are really grateful to him for agreeing to give up his time and it will be a brilliant experience for the local bands to perform in front of someone like him.

“Preparations for the festival are going well and it should be one of the best yet.”

The festival, which will see thousands of performances from musicians from all across the south, gets underway on Monday, February 28 with the piano and brass classes.

For more information see next week’s Observer, or visit the festival website www.hastingsmusicalfestival.co.uk.