One of Ely’s most popular bands of the late 80s and early 90s, Crossland, are to perform a one-off reunion set at the Maltings on 29 October 2011. Crossland along with reunions by Nutmeg and The Traceys (Donald Elseys Big Decision) make for a mouthwatering line-up for MickFest – A celebration of the life of Mick Gillett who recently passed away.
Crossland at 1990 Cambridge Rock Contest
Of Crossland, Lead singer Chris Williams said: ‘It’s been 19 years since we all last played together and you could say that a lot of water’s passed under the bridge. We’ve all been in and out of different bands over that time: Beach Blanket Bingo, Starlings, Rigby, The Traceys, Duvet, etc as well as starting families, having kids and seeing them grow up. Things were very different for us all in 1991!’
‘There were a number of factors that led us to get together but the real catalyst was when Lee Gillett contacted us about ‘Mickfest’. It seemed to make sense to do it now: in memory of Mick, it’s a worthwhile cause to raise money for and, hopefully, because it will be a great event with all the other bands involved. All the right reasons basically.’
‘Another reason is that, having tried out some of the songs, we think they sound as fresh and as vital as they ever did – and we’re looking forward to playing them again. They deserve to be heard!’
As with most band splits it wasn’t a particularly happy end to Crossland. ‘Mickfest’ will be a happier experience for us as well as serving as a massive thank you to all the Crossland fans from 20 years ago who haven’t forgotten us!
To coincide with their performance Crossland are to finally release the album ‘Rinky Dink’ after 19 years. Originally due out in 1992 but with the band splitting that year it never got a release. ‘Rinky Dink’ is a fantastic album and clearly showed the band were moving in a new direction from their previous album ‘Really Big Nothing’ (which will also be available on the night). All profits from the CD sales will go toward the festivals chosen charity.
Tickets are still available for £7.00 at MickFest.