Mike + The Mechanics to Headline Polo Rocks at Hurtwood Park Polo Club, in Aid of Tusk on the 21st July.
Hurtwood Park Polo Club will host the perfect summer event in aid of Tusk, the African conservation charity. Polo Rocks is a fusion of the arts and sports, comprising of a high goal polo match in the afternoon followed by an outdoor concert in the evening by Mike + The Mechanics, the world famous super-group founded by ex Genesis band member (and polo player) Mike Rutherford.
Mike + The Mechanics will be supported by Sharon Corr, the Grammy-nominated and Brit Award winning, singer, songwriter and violinist – who is hugely successful both as a member of legendary Irish group The Corrs and now as a solo artist. James Walsh (formerly of Starsailor) will also perform. Over 5,000 spectators are expected to attend the event, which will also feature a retail village and picnic areas.
The beautiful Hurtwood Park Polo Club was established by Kenney Jones, former member of The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who. Last year, Kenney and his team held the inaugural Polo Rocks event with performances from The Faces, featuring Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones and Mick Hucknall (Simply Red). Hurtwood Park Polo Club, with its five HPA certified high goal polo fields, is set in one hundred and eighty acres of outstanding natural beauty in the Surrey countryside, within easy reach of central London and Gatwick airport.
This year’s sponsors include Banque Havilland, Horseware Ireland and LivingPolo.com, who are all excited about this unique event in aid of Tusk. Since its formation in 1990 Tusk has raised over £16 million (US$25 million) for a wide range of projects across Africa, to protect wildlife (particularly endangered species) and help to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside wildlife. Tusk currently provides financial, logistical and practical support for a large portfolio of field projects spread across 17 African countries. This support includes the purchase of vehicles, aircraft, radio equipment as well as the construction of primary and secondary schools, clinics, water improvement schemes, roads, buildings, bridges and airstrips, in addition to helping to cover the direct costs of game scout and wildlife management.