Rockaway Beach review — this alt-rock festival was a riot

Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Bob Vylan performing at Rockaway Beach
Bob Vylan performing at Rockaway Beach

Forget dry, are you doing loud January? While the rest of the country stayed at home to try the “watch Saltburn with your parents” challenge, 4,000 noise-hungry festival fanatics descended on Bognor Regis Butlin’s for alt-rock’s own belated Hogmanay, pitched at a zeitgeisty midway point between the cultured All Tomorrow’s Parties events of yesteryear and the indie retro Shiiine On Weekender.

There was a strong seam of classic punk too. The 2 tone legends the Selecter headlined Friday, Hugh Cornwell delivered a fragile set of surf rock and sporadic Stranglers tracks on Saturday, and Skids tore fervently through Into the Valley and threw vitriolic shade at their indie-chart rival Leo Sayer. “I blame him for everything,” the singer Richard Jobson ranted. “The