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Maddison Douch to open Andover Rocks 2019

Maddison Douch Andover Rocks

It’s been announced that local girl Maddison Douch will open this year’s Andover Rocks event.

The singer songwriter from Andover whose debut single ‘Two Worlds’ was an online hit is enjoying popularity with her most recent single ‘Too Young’, performed with Echotape lead singer Marc Burford.

Maddison will open the event at The Queen Charlotte Inn on Friday April 5th.

For the third successive year, this musical event in Andover is fundraising for music intervention in adult mental health.

The event will take place at numerous venues on Friday April 5th, Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th.

The event will be the subject of this coming Monday evening’s The Word on 95.9FM Andover Radio (from 8pm). Organiser Marie Ponting told the local radio station, “Since we started this as a little idea three years ago it has grown massively.

“Over 1,000 people have donated their time to make this the event it is today.”

The event will be hosted at seven venues in Andover including the White Hart Inn on Bridge Street, the Rockhouse on London Street and the Time Ring in the High Street.

Wristbands for the event are now available to purchase from Stringbrokers on the High Street, the White Hart on Bridge Street and the Rockhouse on London Street.  Wristbands are £10 each for adults and £5 for children.  The wristbands gain you entry to each of the sessions, although workshops must be pre-booked.

The range of activities now include more than just live music, “There are children’s workshops, Belly Dancing lessons and a Gong Bath, says Marie. “A Gong Bath is where you can zone-out and immerse yourself in an intense sense of letting go, thanks to the build-up of sound around you.”

The event opens at the Queen Charlotte Inn on London Road, with an acoustic set, hosted by Alex Krupa and featuring Maddison was well as upcoming artist Jenny Bracey, Lizzie Cullen and Ben Williams.

Marie says, “The workshops we have will need to be pre-booked as we expect demand to be high, so if you want to try our your DJ skills or have a go at Belly Dancing, please contact us through our Facebook page.”

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On Saturday, the Time Ring in the High Street will feature a range of artists from 10am. These include Anton Infants and Junior Schools, 4Toons, Tiger Lily Jonathon, Storm Dynamics, Show of Dance, Kim Gee and more.

Acts at the White Hart on Bridge Street start at 10.30am with the Belly Dance workshops.  Rob Robinson and Kev Rees from music shop Stringbrokers will also host a session, exhibiting the work of some of their students.

There will be a further eight acts during the day, culminating with the popular Vintage band playing old rock classics around 9pm.

Andover Radio will host three sessions on Saturday.  The local radio station will play host to a Singing Workshop for the whole family. This session is hosted by Miriam Jonathon, an experienced vocal teacher of 25 years. She’s taught many people who are now successful musicians, her most famous being Craig David. There are also DJ Workshops during the day and Poetry Sessions for adults from 6pm.

On Saturday Andover’s Nepalese restaurant the Gurkha restaurant and bar Tama Chulo will be offering a 15% discount to any customer who is wearing an Andover Rocks wristband.

Local band 80-proof Mojo, Andover Burlesque and bands from Andover College feature throughout Saturday at the Rockhouse on London Street.

On Sunday, The Rockhouse, a not-for-profit venue, and home to The Abel Foundation will  host the climax of the three day event featuring The Mighty Hump.

Further event information is below.  Listen to Marie Ponting discuss the event’s conception, its development over the years and more about the acts at this year’s event on 95.9FM Andover Monday evening from 8pm.


DAY 1 – Friday April 5th 2019


Friday night is at The Queen Charlotte: Acoustic singer songwriter evening, run by Alex Krupa featuring: Lizzie Cullen, Ben Williams, Jenny Bracey and headline act Maddison Douch.

Dayna will also be providing a spectacular ‘Fire Display’.

The Queen Charlotte will be offering a special deal on Andover Rocks curries.


DAY 2 – Saturday April 6th 2019


10am Art with Kaz Trinder

11am Children’s workshop for ages 0 – 10 ‘The Awongalema Tree’ with Amanda Kane Smith

12pm Andover Museum Loft Singers

1pm Andover Ladies Choir

2.30pm Gong Bath with Sonic Spa (company) – this event will need to be booked in advance

4pm Teen singing workshop with Miriam Jonathan



10.30am – 11.30am Belly Dance Workshop with Andover Belly Dance

1pm The Stringbrokers Showcase

1.30pm The Irregulars (fun covers band with a cajon and a mandolin)

2.30pm John Walshe (popular local guitar musician and teacher)

4.3opm The Tumbleweeds (country music covers)

5.45pm Steve Burke

6.45pm David Floyd

7.45pm Electric Ede



10am – 4.30pm complete mixture of music and dance including Anton Infant and Junior School Choir, Storm Dynamics school of music, Show-off Dance, 4Toons, Tiger Lily Jonathan and more.



12pm Singing Workshop for all the family at Andover Radio’s studios.

2am – 6pm Introduction to DJ Decks workshop

6pm Adult Poetry, hosted by Dan Hooks and Cat Randall


From 4.30pm Andover College Dance Troop, Andover College Band, King Louis, Pivotal, El Duo Bongo, 80Proof Mojo, Andover Burlesque and Solarbird.



1.30pm – 3pm Children’s Poetry


DAY 3 – Sunday April 7th 2019


2pm – 6pm Jazz Sessions with Sharon Vennall, The Sheep Steelers and Jacamanda.

The event will conclude with the incredible talents of ‘the grooviest young, old men and a girl in town’; jazz-infusion band, The Mighty Hump.

On Sunday The White Hart (Bridge Street) is offering a discount on their carvery for anyone who is wearing an Andover Rocks wristband.

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David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.