A huge crowd turned up at the weekend to indulge in the renditions of classic rock songs performed by a tribute band.

A Night with Queen – a tribute act to the legendary rock band – melted faces at Garth Park on Saturday with covers of classic rock songs made famous by Queen.

The event -attended by more than 2000 people - was organised by Bicester Town Council as part of a roster of summer events being held at Garth Park, including an upcoming 80’s tribute night on August 20.

One attendee said: “We had the best night. Thank you to Bicester Town Council. We are so lucky to have these events in Bicester.

“Bring on the 80’s night.”

Another said: “Thank you for another great evening at the Garth. I thought the band were very good, albeit a little unsure at first.

“They got better as the night went on.

“Everyone was having a ball and really enjoying themselves.”

A third added: “Another amazing evening at Garth Park. Was so good to see so many people of all ages having a great time.”

However, some guests to the event were less impressed, with one commenting on a Facebook post about the evening: “This was by far one of the worst tribute acts I have ever seen.

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“The Freddie impersonator didn’t get the crowd hyped enough like other acts I have seen in the past, and the final straw was when they started singing Bohemian Rhapsody.

“We had enough then and called it an early night.”

Before the Queen tribute act, last Wednesday Garth Park hosted a magic event for children and young people.

The day saw a variety of activities on offer, including balloon modelling, magic tricks, a Punch and Judy show, a magic wand making craft workshop held by the OYAP Trust and dance displays by Bicester ECU Allstar Cheerleading and Elite Dance.

Families brought picnics along with them which they indulged in whilst watching the magic show and perusing all the community stalls.

Holding stalls were Bicester Town Council, Cherwell Theatre Company, Bicester Scouts Group, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, the OYAP Trust and Tesco.

Additionally, guests were treated to a unicorn stilt walker, walkabout fairies, card tricks and a special guest appearance by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley lookalikes.

Next up in the summer line up is 80’s tribute night.

Bicester Town Council are welcoming back “local favourites”, 80s pop cover band, Sledgehammer to Garth Park on August 20 from 7pm to 10.30pm.

The band – made up of vocalist Russ Fray, guitarist Simon Bays, bassist Al Grout and drummer Phil Heard – will play up to three hours of non-stop 80s classic pop and rock.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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