Remembering A Much-Loved Drummer: Geoff Fest

Lincoln-based band, Punch The Monkey, will host a free-to-attend music festival at North Hykeham Memorial Hall playing field between 12pm – 10pm on Thursday 2nd June in remembrance of their former drummer.

Geoff Foster

Geoff Foster sadly died unexpectedly in July 2021 leaving a massive hole in the lives of those close to him. Friends and band members Chris Barker, Garry Speed, Matt Brown and Tim Joyce decided they wanted to do something to commemorate the life of their dear friend.

Punch The Monkey were formed over 20 years ago and have played to thousands of people across Lincolnshire, and Geoff spent half of that as the band’s drummer. A special moment is planned for the day with Geoff’s son, Brad, taking the drumming seat to perform a favourite track of his dad’s – Wipe Out by The Surfaris. This won’t be the first time Brad has played this song as a tribute to his dad, as a surprise for his mum and guests, Brad took to the stage with Chris and Matt during Geoff’s funeral to perform the song with an iconic drum solo.

Other local bands and friends of Geoff are due to perform on the day with Punch The Monkey and their new drummer Ian Green, including The Detail, Spot On, McCock, Stark and Stolen Fridays. There will also be various food vendors, inflatables and an outdoor bar on the day.

Chris Barker, lead guitarist of Punch The Monkey commented “Geoff was just an absolutely decent bloke – a proper nice guy. Very reliable, very good at what he did and you just never hear anybody have a bad word to say about him, he was just that sort of person.”

“Kev Ockert who plays in Spot On has done a lot of work for this to go ahead, we are all pretty friendly in the Lincoln band scene, so it is quite nice because none of them hesitated to get involved which was lovely.”

There is an expense to put on the festival, so Geoff Fest are currently looking for local support as well as local businesses to sponsor the event. Advertisement boards similar to those of a football ground will be present for businesses to advertise, and there is also the ability to donate money towards the event – those interested are invited to get in touch via their Facebook page.

Collection buckets will also be present on the day of the festival with all proceeds going to two organisations that mean a lot to his family – Crohn’s & Colitis UK and the NHS Intensive Care Unit at Lincoln County Hospital where Geoff was treated. If you would like to attend, head to North Hykeham Memorial Hall playing field on Thursday 2nd June from 12pm.