Seaside Rendezvous: fun and games at the Giants of Rock

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The Giants Of Rock festival took place at the Butlins holiday camp in Minehead over the weekend. The bill, which featured a stellar cast of Classic Rock veterans alongside some relative newcomers — including Ian Hunter, Procol Harum, Nazareth, Big Country, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock, Wishbone Ash, Graham Bonnet and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel — will be reviewed in the next issue of Classic Rock.

But Giants Of Rock isn’t just about the music. Giants Of Rock is about people gathering in a traditional British seaside resort, out of season, and doing the things the British love: the arcades, the bars, the shopping, football on the TV and fish & chips. So yes, we took pictures of the bands. But we also turned the camera around, away from the stage, and shot the people who really matter… the fans.

Aaron Keylock

Aaron Keylock

Texas Flood

Texas Flood

Famed illustrator Rodney Matthews (right) and friend

Famed illustrator Rodney Matthews (right) and friend

Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock

Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock

Mostly Autumn

Mostly Autumn

Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter

Procol Harum

Procol Harum

Rosco Levee & The Southern Slide

Rosco Levee & The Southern Slide

Vambo

Vambo

Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash

Graham Bonnet

Graham Bonnet

Big Country

Big Country

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Krissy Matthews Band

Krissy Matthews Band

Mick Ralphs

Mick Ralphs

Russ Ballard

Russ Ballard

John Verity

John Verity

All pictures by Kevin Nixon. Tickets for next year’s Giants of Rock, which features Ian Anderson playing the songs of Jethro Tull, are on sale now.