Drink up thy zider - The Wurzels sell out Harper Adam's University gig

By Mat Growcott | Newport | Telford entertainment | Published:

How do you get hundreds of students rocking on a Saturday night? You crack out thy zider and invite the Wurzels to play!

The Wurzels with Radio 1 DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark

Harper Adam's University invited the Scrumpy and Western band to their Hobgoblins Night on Saturday – and organisers said that it was a huge success.

But it wasn't all combine harvesters and chitterlin'. BBC Radio 1 DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark joined the party as well.

Charlotte Garbutt, of the university's student union, said: "Harper students love the Wurzels. They're just really good entertainment.

The Wurzels gig was completely sold out

"There's an agricultural touch to them. They really connect with the students. The music is upbeat and really cheery. A lot of students have told us that it's been the best night they've had since they started here."

The annual Hobgoblins night sees last year's leavers return for one weekend only.

They play a variety of sports against the current final years and then enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Last year saw Busted visit the university.


"It's quite good because it combines sports with a social aspect as well," Charlotte said.


"Some students wouldn't know the hoggoblins – the leaving students – from last year, so they get to meet them. And they've been away from university for the best part of six months, so it means they can come back for the weekend."

Scott Mills and Chris Stark joined the party. As ambassadors for the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Charlotte said they are regular supporters of Harper Adams.


"A lot of students know them from Radio 1, but also know them through Young Farmers," she said.

"Scott and Chris love anything to do with the university."

Despite a late night of Wurzel hits, students joined in with Newport's litter pick on Sunday.

"They were up early for the 9am start," Charlotte said.

"It's really important. We need to forge good links with the local area, so they know that as well as being a university where people study and have fun, that the students respect the people who live here day in day out.

"We want to be part of the community, and it's important we have a good relationship."

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

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