Mini-music festival rocks Beaumont School, St Albans

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 June 2010

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A MINI-music festival in memory of St Albans entrepreneur Rob Williams to be held at his former school is selling out fast.

The event which is being held at Beaumont School on Saturday, June 19, features an impressive line-up including London-based DJ duo the Filthy Dukes and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle. Rob, co-founder of one of the UK’s leading online companies Dolphin Music, was killed in March 2009 aged 29 after plunging down a mountain during a snowboarding trip.

He and his business partner and best friend Jason Tavaria were part of a group break for UK entrepreneurs in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier but became separated from the others during harsh weather conditions.

Jason was found by a mountain rescue team but Rob’s body was discovered later.

The event is in aid of the Prince’s Trust, Rob Williams Enterprise Fund and the Beaumont School Association.

Speaking on behalf of Rob’s family and friends, event organiser Steve Machell said: “Rob’s festival will be a brilliant day out for students and adults alike. We’re proud to be bringing such an excellent music line-up to St Albans. Who needs Glastonbury?”

Rob’s Festival, as the event is named, will also include The Rileys, Kaana Ellie and The Remedies, The Honey Ants and Emily Capell.

Apart from music on the day, there will be a range of activities including sponsored team sports events, graffiti exhibitions, stalls and games. GMTV presenter Anna Williamson will be on hand to present prizes for event winners.

There will also be a licensed bar for over-18s.

Bids are currently being taken in a silent auction on the Rob Williams Festival website. A range of lots including a signed picture of Geoff Hurst, a tour of the Arsenal Emirates stadium, an Iron Man helmet signed by Robert Downey Junior and a Fred Perry shopping spree are up for grabs.

Tickets are £10 each and are available through the website until June 12 on http:/www.robsfestival.com.

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