‘Hallowbean’ for Rob Crook

a ‘bonus’ music festival in memory of a young Rawmarsh guitarist who lost his life in a car crash, takes place this month.

Friends of the late Rob ‘Bean’ Crook held ‘Beanfest’ in July and will now stage ‘Hallowbean’ at the Park View Sports Bar, Swinton.

The new event follows Beanfest partly because of the event’s success, but also due to a disappointing end sum.

Organisers were stunned when takings were down on the previous year’s £5000, and it is hoped Hallowbean will boost the coffers for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice - as chosen by Bean’s parents Dennis and Dorothy Crook.

Performers will include Mask of Virtue, Rage Against the Bean, In the Absence of Light, View from S62 and Dubstep n’ DnB brought by Herbal Mafia. Prizes will be awarded for fancy dress.

It is a change of venue for this month’s event. Both previous festivals took place at the Star pub, that is now under new management.

The former owners of the Star pub, who gave the venue free of charge, went in to liquidation shortly after the July festival took place.

Car and music-mad Rob Crook of New Meadows died in January, 2010 aged 23. His car spiralled out of control at Parkgate, as he returned home from driving his friends to a night out at Sheffield.

His pals’ unique way of grieving has sparked the annual festivals that they hope to continue, collecting cash from donations and raffles.

Eighteen bands took part in July, and Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospice has thanked Beanfest for supporting Bluebell Wood for a second year.

She said: “It costs over £2.5m every year, to care for children and young adults in this region with a shortened life expectancy.

“The hospice receives no statutory government funding, and without our supporters and events like Beanfest, we would not be able to help as many children as we do.”

Hallowbean begins at 7pm, admission free.