Sunday, 09 October 2016 11:51

We will rock you

bank director and rock musician Nearchos Ioannou bank director and rock musician Nearchos Ioannou

This Saturday the island’s music lovers will once again be treated to Limassol’s annual Rock Festival at Hero Square outside Rialto Theatre.

Organised by The Limassol Cooperative Savings Society in collaboration with Kanali 6, the festival has become one of Limassol’s main events. Now in its sixth edition, the rock extravaganza has been attracting a crowd of about 7,000. The event starts at 8pm and entrance is free.

The Rock Festival is one of the Cooperative Savings Society’s ways of giving something back to Limassol and contribute to its cultural life. Its organisation falls within the framework of its policy of mutual support and cooperation with the local community.

All bands are from Limassol, and each year different bands get to perform. The opening band is always a band that has won a competition organised earlier on in the year to support and encourage young local talents.

The participating bands this year, totalling 33 excellent musicians, are: Contour, Aneresis, Atoutaleme, Isovites, Lopodites and, of course, The Coop band – with 11 members it’s one of Cyprus’ largest rock groups.

The band consists of employees, customers and friends of the Coop Bank and counts among them several professional musicians, including well-known Kazakh violin player Alexandra Mutagarova and established drummer Doros Neocleous who has played at renowned Jazz clubs across the US.

Bank Director and founder of the band and the festival, Nearchos Ioannou, sings, plays the acoustic and electric guitar, the harmonica and, as of late, the Scottish Highland bagpipe – an instrument of increasing importance in the world of rock music.

The DJs for the night are Sosis Theodosiou and Fanis Krigkos and there will be a live link as well as live streaming with Kanali 6 throughout the concert.

“The initial idea of the event was to lift the citizens’ spirits during the onset of the economic crisis and the slogan was ‘Rock against the Crisis’,” explained Ioannou in an interview with The Cyprus Weekly.

The event continues to use the strong messages and uplifting rhythms of rock music to brighten everyone’s mood and bring a positive message.

“We encourage people to join us for this evening of good music and have a great time together,” says the rocking bank director.

The event will also feature commemorative T-shirts which will be available for sale during the festival and later on at Limassol’s Coop Bank. The price is €10 and the net proceeds will be donated to a food bank of the Municipality of Limassol.

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of September 9th 2016 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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