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39 bands.... they're just the ones waiting for chance to play BMAD

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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MORE festival news this week, this time from Bikers Make A Difference, who are celebrating 10 years of charity work this year.

The year will really kick into action when BMAD return to Paignton Green over the early May Bank Holiday weekend from May 3 to May 5 with their increasingly popular music and bike festival.

"Bands love coming to play the BMAD festival," said chairman Andy Hobbs.

"And thanks to the support of our friends at Plymouth Harley-Davidson, we are able to lay on a full professional sound and light system, with a 20,000 watt PA and 8,000 watt monitor system.

"All the bands have to do is turn up, plug in and play to a crowd of around 1,000 people every night.

"They love it and always want to come back.

"We've currently got a waiting list of some 39 bands who have expressed an interest in playing should we have any cancellations."

This year's festival will feature around 15 hours of live music, including local ska favourites The Simmertones, The Dark Side of Pink Floyd and Sound of The Sirens (pictured).

This year the Simmertones are headlining the Friday night, while Dutch rock band SQY headline Saturday and The Blues Brothers Collective headline Sunday.

Since its inception in 2002/2003, BMAD has become recognised as one of the major forces for local charity work in Torbay and South Devon, having raised more than £300,000 from in and around the biking community.

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