Planet Rock Radio were the hosts for a sold out weekend musical extravaganza featuring a stellar line-up of bands across two stages.
Planet Rockstock 2015 was the third annual event for Planet Rock Radio with the Trecco Bay Holiday Park in Porthcawl, South Wales setting the venue for the second year running.
Two stages were set up to accommodate the 32 bands. Having two stages open at alternate times, Stage 2 from during the day and the Main Stage in the evening, meant there were no band scheduling conflicts, much to the delight of the fans. No more dashing between stages meant not missing the start or end of their favourite bands.
Planet Rock Radio DJ’s in attendance this year were favourites Darren Redick, Wyatt Wendels, Paul Anthony with Si King and Dave Myers AKA ‘The Hairy Bikers’ joining in on the fun.
So, onto Planet Rockstock 2015.
Thursday, December 03
For the first time, an extra evening was available exclusively for Gold Ticket holders, with three bands performing on Stage 2. A welcome change from the previous year’s set up was the removal of many of the tables and chairs leaving more room for dancing and headbanging. The lighting hasn’t improved, though, very hit and miss, but that’s more to do with the venue’s set-up itself.
On the line-up tonight were The Wild Lies, Colour of Noise, and Toseland.
For the rockers not willing to end the night there, Stage 2 remained open for more drinking and dancing whilst listening to some Planet Rock classic tunes.
Friday, December 04
Quite a few of the previous night’s attendees made their way to the front of the Main Stage building in the morning, waiting for the arrival of Planet Rock Radio presenter, Wyatt Wendels. Wyatt was cycling approximately 200 miles overnight from the Planet Rock Studios in London to Trecco Bay to raise money for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. He arrived at the midday mark to rapturous applause and flag waving. To date, he has raised over Â£40k for the charity.
With only the Main Stage open tonight, the line-up included Inglorious, John Coghlan’s Quo, Dan Patlansky, The Dead Daisies, and FM.
The repositioning of the merchandise/signing stalls to the left side of the room worked considerably better than the previous year, making it easier for the fans to get their purchases signed and to also chat to the artists.
Stage 2 was open late as per the previous night for more Planet Rock classic tunes.
Saturday, December 05
With both of the stages open today, it was an early 11 am start for Stage 2 with eight bands on the line-up.
Bands out to impress were: The Mojo Sinners, Ghost Community, Fireroad, Cairo Son, Redline, City of Thieves, Quartz, and We are the Catalyst.
On the Main Stage was Darren’s DIY Band (Iron Maid-up), Gun Metal Gray, Heaven’s Basement (feat. Danny Worsnop on vocals), Joanne Shaw Taylor, Rival Sons.
Again, for those craving more, Rockaoke ran on Stage 2 (after the Main Stage closed) until the early hours.
Sunday, December 06
The last day of Planet Rockstock featured an, even more, impressive line-up across the two stages.
Another early 11 am start on Stage 2 with Redline, Cherry White, Buffalo Summer, Fire Red Empress, The Fallen State, Dirty Thrills, Sumo Cyco, and Nonpoint.
Then it was over to the Main Stage for the last time.
The line-up tonight to entertain a packed out room featured Scorpion Child, Crobot, Danko Jones, Fozzy, headliners The Darkness. A stand out moment being Fozzy’s Chris Jerico carrying The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins around the room on his shoulders.
As the lights came up, it was time for everyone to say goodbye to Planet Rockstock 2015.
This event was other hugely successful and well-organised festival for Planet Rock Radio at Trecco Bay with both stages providing something for everyone. Those in attendance left with a feel good vibe from the whole weekend. It was great to see so many fans of all ages catching up with each other from not only last year’s Rockstock, but from other festivals and gigs throughout the year. Rock is certainly alive and kicking.
As soon as Planet Rockstock 2016 is announced, we highly recommend you get a ticket.
Photography by R-O-C-K Photography