As always we were prepared for the rain but we only had one real shower in the late afternoon. All the bands were a joy to work with, a real eclectic bunch, all started off by battle of the bands winner ‘Salopia’. There were smiles on everyone’s face as the day went perfectly to plan and people came out in droves to enjoy the entertainment. The Acoustic stage once again did amazingly by keeping people entertained while the change overs happened. The best yet!
Three nights of festival battles came to an end this week leaving three victors and a lot of talent showcased. Each of the winners has won the prestigious prize of being the opening act for their respective battle stage. In addition, each band get a day in a recording studio generously sponsored by Bridgnorth Print Services!
First off was the EDG Rock Stage battle at The Bear on Monday night. Two bands played their hearts out with it all being streamed live thanks to The Bridgnorth Pod. The Picture were the runners up on this occasion with Eligh Toadd taking the victors spoils.
Tuesday night saw the Quayside battle held at The Friars. The perfect evening weather meant the event happened outside in the courtyard and with thanks to Jim from The Crown who leant a PA for the evening, the 5 acts took to the stage. It was a really eclectic mix all with their own unique and melodic sound. Sicky won the day with his quirky and fun pop acoustic set that pleased everyone there.
Wednesday saw the High Street battle at The George with a head to head battle between last years high street stage openers ‘Drought On Mars’ v’s ‘Salopia’. It was a great event with so many friends and families coming out to support. Salopia won on the night and areraring to hit the High Street stage on Sunday to entertain the crowd.
In a turn of great generosity, Sicky, the quayside event winner has donated his studio time to Drought on Mars. So they might not have won the battle this time, but watch this space for great things from them and if you cannot wait that long..head to the Old Castle on Sunday night to hear them support the Rain Breakers!
So to confirm…
The opening act for the EDG on Saturday 27 August is Eligh Toadd
The High Street opening act at 12pm on Sunday 28 August is Salopia
Sicky will perform on the Quayside stage at 1pm on Monday 29 August.
Thank you to all the performers who took part in this years Bridgnorth Festival Battle of the Bands.
It’s all well and good putting films on in a lovely public space like the underneath of the town hall but where is everyone going to sit?
It’s one thing asking people to come out and be in the cold for hours on end, its quite another to ask them to stand for the experience.
James from the Friars pub on St Mary’s Street had a great solution… hay bales!
Nothing says country market town like hay bales, so we jumped at the chance. James purchased 40 bales for the day, he also delivered and picked them up, while also running a farm and a pub…when does he sleep!
Some of the poor old bales didn’t quite survive but never fear, volunteers (including Councillor Geoff Davies) were at hand to sweep and bag up the bits so the Town Hall was back to normal ready for Tuesday morning.
The Friars, from everyone who came out to the see the films and from Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival – Thank You!
You can find out more about the Friars at www.thefriars.co.uk
Volunteers from the Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival generously donated their own personal equipment for the free outdoor cinema event ‘Town Hall Films’ on the 21st December 2015, such as the projector and the P.A. but we were short of a screen.
Lot’s of ideas were banded around for this one but there is no denying that a proper screen was what we needed but we just didn’t have the money for one!
At the 11th hour, James from the Majestic Cinema (Reel Cinemas) saved the day. Guess what they have a spare of…yes…a screen!
This type of screen usually has a solid wall behind it in a dark room so when it first went up, it was a little see though but a layer of tarpaulin behind it soon became the screen we had always hoped we would have.
Not only did they give us a screen to use, they have also said we can use it again in the future which means, watch this space 😉
On the evening itself, James came down on the rare occasion he gets time away from the cinema with a huge box of posters (some of them vary rare) and sold them at the event. This raised the rest of the money we needed for the licences, so all i can say is…
Reel Cinemas, from everyone who came out to the see the films and from Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival – Thank You!
More info from www.reelcinemas.co.uk
Keeping it Legal…
There is no denying it, sometimes what you really need for an event like the ‘Town Hall Films’ is cash!
The two films that were shown, Arthur Christmas and the Muppets Christmas Carol took hundreds of people to make. Rightly so, they would like some money if you want to show it to lots of people.
As a long time supporter of the Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival, Richard at Bridgnorth Print stepped in and helped with the licence fees, so everyone could come and enjoy the evening (and we could stay on the right side of legal!).
For the last 5 years they have been very generous to the festival. All you have to do is look at the fancy programs that we’ve used since 2010 for our main August festival.
To Bridgnorth Print and everyone who came out to the see the films – Thank You!
More info about Bridgnorth Print at www.bridgnorthprint.co.uk