Get Hamplified for good cause

Ol' Rosie at a previous Hamplified
Ol' Rosie at a previous Hamplified

Hamplified Music and Rugby Sevens festival is back for its fourth year at Rugby St Andrews Fields, Ashlawn Road, Rugby on Saturday July 18.

There are 11 local bands and solo acts performing, including Eve Singleton, Speak, Brother, The Bad Flowers and White Men Can’t Funk.

Various Rugby businesses are also taking part, including Sweet Retreat, Alternative Rugby Market, Made In Rugby, CV22 Rugby, Candy Floss and Stacey’s Face painting to name a few.

And there will be a men’s and ladies’ rugby sevens tournament featuring top local teams battling it out for the Hamplified trophy.

Hamplified was founded by Mark Brightwell, Andy Smith and Robert Low, who wanted to create an annual event combining music, comedy and rugby at and for Rugby St Andrews RFC. They also wanted to raise money and awareness of a charity they felt inspired by.

One of the club’s players and founding members of Hamplified, Andy Smith, suffered a serious spinal injury that required several potentially life-changing surgical procedures. Andy went on to make a complete recovery, but others have not, and while recuperating Andy came across the autobiography of Matt Hampson, a young rising star at Leicester Tigers and England who was involved in a scrum accident which damaged his spine and paralysed him from the neck down. The Matt Hampson Foundation was formed, which now helps many young people who have been seriously injured whilst playing sport.

The event is free to enter but there will be many opportunities to donate on the day including bucket collection and prize draw tickets.

Visit www.hamplified.com for more information and to sign up to the organisers’ newsletter for the latest updates about the festival and future events.