Last night saw the serious summer celebrations kick off when Rockin’ the Dock brought Status Quo to the Gill Stage.
Preparations to host the Quo and their entourage were taking place a couple of days in advance; however, the appearance of two huge speakers hoisted up on either side of the stage and hanging off cranes, finally brought home the enormity of this legendary band and indeed, legendary Cowes Yacht Haven Event.
With die-hard fans queuing at our main entrance by 9am on the big day, the expectant atmosphere within Cowes Yacht Haven began to build immediately and increase steadily as 9pm drew nearer. When the gates opened at 6pm people were already pouring in and and Cowes High Street became a sea of people all with one destination in mind. They were not disappointed.
Quo hit the stage and the amplified music had people rocking on their feet, literally! Hit after hit reverberated through the crowd, into the night, and according to local reports, far further a field than Cowes Yacht Haven! With lots of good humoured jibes and encouraging great audience participation, Status Quo proved beyond all doubt, that they are still the rock 'n' roll force to be reckoned with.
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