The Third Degree at the West Dean Festival

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THEY donned tweed jackets and flat caps - but there was nothing fusty about The Third Degree at the opening night of the West Dean Festival.

West Dean College’s spectacular grounds provided the backdrop to the band’s rousing fusion of organic rock and roll and mouth-watering guitar solos.

Children and adults of all ages felt the groove and danced the night along at the festival’s The Park Stage.

The 11-piece London outfit rocked the crowd with their spin on Britney Spears’ Toxic and Neil Young’s Like a Hurricane.

The London rockers rounded off the hour-long set with their latest single, a take on Duffy’s Mercy.

They begged the crowd ‘for mercy’ and the festival-goers responded with a roaring approval that could have been heard throughout West Dean. The Third Degree was founded by Nick Chanterelle and Japanese collaborator Shitake from the ashes of Preston prog rock outfit ‘Toadstool’.

And they proved there was still life in the spirit of rock and roll.