We’ve had an absolute blast this year, our 13th festival since we began in 2006. So many amazing performers, poets, our outdoor film screenings; fantastic venues all around the town involved too, some new and some long established.
A huge thank you to everyone involved, performers, our local business sponsors, venues and volunteers, way too numerous to name them all, and of course an especially big thank you to everyone who came along to support us. It was fantastic to have Emma from Bridgnorth Library and Poetry on Loan involved this year. We’ve had the odd poetry event most years but poetry came back to the festival in a big way this year, long may it continue. Our press has been fantastic this year too, many thanks to Liz Roseblade.
You’ll have noticed lots of great photos being shared during the festival as well, courtesy of the very talented Ruskin Roader, Glynis Madden and Andy Darby. a selection from all three shown here.
What can we do differently for 2019? What would YOU like to see happen during our August 2019 festival and how can you help us make that happen? Get in touch via our Contact Page and let us know?
Fantastic music, art, film, poetry and much more was held all around the area from Friday August 17th to bank holiday Monday August 27th in 2018
Keep checking back, we’ll be posting reviews from 2018 here soon, plus our performer registration form, maybe you’d like to get involved for 2019, let us know?
The weather was perfect, for this year’s Edgar Davies Ground (EDG) rock day. First band Ghosts of Social Networks turned out to be just front man Nathan Till. For whatever reason the two other band members couldn’t make it. So very bravely Nathan took to the stage for a solo appearance. Nathan looked comfortable playing all the bands songs including outside the wheel, which was very well received by the growing crowd.
Next up were 2 slots from music degree student Jack Evans. Jack has appeared previously at the EDG for Eligh Toadd. Jack played various classical tunes on his acoustic guitar. The Ellipsis were on after Jack and delivered a great set of very energetic rock pop. The Ellipsis will go far.
After Jacks second set came the Birmingham’s Valous. Most of their material was from their 2nd Album “The Devil’s Seven”, however they did play new tracks from their soon to be released EP. Valous were incredibly tight and lead singer Mat Shutt hit every note in which was a very polished “metal” performance.
Next Sister Shotgun fronted by the awesome Chloe Ozwell. Sister Shotgun performed a blend of very catchy hard rock and metal. Why haven’t they been offered record deal yet? The very best of luck to Sister Shotgun in the future.
Then it was the first of two performances from our Special guests “The Soap Girls”. They made an impromptu acoustic performance on the last years high street stage. This year their second set was an electric set featuring new drummer Jonn Walker. The Soap Girls drew lots of attention and went down a storm. Many Many thanks to Jonn Walker for helping to arrange this appearance at short notice. In between the two Soap Girls performance was Telford’s Guns for Girls who had earlier appeared at Shrewsbury’s Fake Festival. A great performance kept the growing crowd entertained.
Top of the bill and rounding off what was a great day was Glasgow’s Mason Hill. Mason Hill have has a superb year, after signing a major record deal, appeared at download and have been booked for their first “Planet Rock” gig. Absolutely note perfect throughout the set, but the stand out song was definitely the shows last “Where I belong”. People of Bridgnorth will remember Mason Hill for many years. Has one of the crowd put it “They are pure class”. Can’t wait for the album release!
Many thanks to all the bands who very kindly gave up their time to appear this year and raise money for the Bridgnorth Food and national charity Shelter.
Also many thanks to all of the volunteers who again gave up their time to Marshall the event
EDG Event Organiser
Dan’s brilliant walk around from this year’s Festival, edited together to bring you a few highlights from 2016!
From Quayside event organiser Jen Bone – “Blue skies, live music and outdoor films – a perfect end to a perfect festival. Thank you to everyone who made this happen but most of all to those who came to enjoy the show as this is who we do it for. Singing along to grease and the clapping after each song was my personal highlight”
Many thanks to Andy Darby for the brill photos.
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!
A rain soaked Saturday at the Edgar Davies couldn’t stop the amazing atmosphere for this year’s rock day.
Eligh Toadd, this year’s battle of the bands winners kicked off proceedings, with many great bands following throughout the day. As the daylight faded Stone Broken took to the stage to what was then a packed out marquee. Reuben Archers Personal Sin rounded off what a truly amazing day that was enjoyed by all. The weather couldn’t stop us ‘Rocking’