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.
With the weather looking uncertain the day got under way with the fantastic Delta Rhythm, a four piece rock band hailing from Birmingham. Next up was Minerva, a Prog Rock band from Telford.
The day lit up when the amazing Theia took to the stage, a young band oozing with energy and destiny to go far. A return to Bridgnorth in the future is a must. Continuing the high energy, 4th on the bill was Voodoo Sioux a band with a twenty year plus history, for many the highlight of the day. Next a great set from Welsh Rockers Defy all Reason.
Filling in between bands were acoustic artists Dan Williams, John Walker, Mark Leedham and Phil Gywnne
Up next Martyr de Mona, played songs of their Impera album. Martyr de Mona had played at Bloodstock earlier in the year so it was an absolute pleasure to have them at the Edgar Davies.
The weather stayed dry all day and after a very short break and final sound check, up next it was the “After Dark Stage”. The Troy Redfern’s Acoustic band Carnivále Republic got the evening show under way, a guitar lead, electro acoustic quartet.
Butterfly Stone headlined what was a superb end to a great day at the Edgar Davies. Playing songs from their first album butterfly stone and songs from the movie Snow Queen 1 and the Snow Queen 2. Music without compromise and as one spectator described them “wouldn’t sound out of place doing the soundtrack to the next James Bond Film”.
A special thanks to all the bands, organizers, marshals and spectators. A superb day of Rock, how do we top this next year???
This year the High Street Stage did not have the weather on it’s side but that didn’t stop people coming out in their droves to enjoy another great day of free entertainment.
It was an exciting eclectic mix showcasing music from artists all on the way up.
Non-more so than the young and very talented opening local act Drought On Mars. Aged between 13 and 15, this impressive band left everyone with the feeling of wow and wonder. Progressive melodic rock that had a level of professionalism that well outstripped their years. This is a definite ‘one to watch’ band.
Tony Goff then hit the stage with his foot tapping memorable sunny tunes that made the audience forget that once they stepped out from under the marquee, that it was just a traditional British rainy summers day.
When everyone had finished absorbing the cheery music of Tony Goff, Derrick D and the Backbones made everyone’s world go a little stranger. Mesmorising beat poetry, to music that produced visual soundscapes took everyone on a journey. There were bright costumes, amazingly cinematic music and by far the most extensive and poetic use of the English language we’ve ever had on the High Street stage.
Next up were Nuclear Weasels, fresh from the recording studio having run a successful Kick-starter to pay for the production of their new album. After a blinding set these lads gave me a CD of their new material and its safe to say, it hasn’t been taken out of my car stereo yet!
Verbs Anova, rocked up, plugged in and turned it to a new level. This was an outstanding set that had everyone fired up. They were slick, punchy and had the whole street bouncing to their driving tunes.
The headliner was Heidi Browne. What can you apart from – what a pro. The whole band exuded world-class musicianship. Coming to the festival right off the back of a German tour where she had also performed live on German TV. The tour happened right after she had been on the Terry Wogan show on BBC Radio 2. Bridgnorth was treated to a very special performance that left you with the feeling of ‘next time we see her play, it’ll be on a much larger stage!’.
On Sunday August 24th 2014 our High Street stage shared the day with a Vintage Fair, Children’s Festival and Food Fair.
Thousands filled the streets of Bridgnorth, to take advantage of the entertainment on offer for all ages and all of the performers went down a treat. The music kicked off with the sublime opening spanish chords and harmonies of Synergy, followed by raucous cowpunk and blues from the brilliant Rhino and the Ranters. Thom and Chrisbee were up next, with a cleverly multi-layered sound, guitar, beat boxing, rapping and non-stop live act that left you breathless just watching. Next were the fantastic Rainbreakers, they’d driven all the way from the Isle of Wight to be with us on Sunday, went straight up on the stage and didn’t miss a beat, it doesn’t get much tighter than this, a long established Shropshire band with a great following, fantastic to see them on our High Street stage this year. Astrid’s Tea Party came up from Brighton with a massive electro-dance rock sound, first time the band had played in Bridgnorth and they made a lot of new fans, eager to hear recordings currently under way, keep an ear out for this band. Our headliners gave us the perfect finale to a great day of music, the one and only Miles and Erica from the Wonderstuff. Playing a great selection of old and new songs to a packed marquee. We had the best line up ever this year and they all went down a storm.
All of this was complimented perfectly at the other end of the marquee, as the band stage alternated with some fantastic acoustic acts on the acoustic stage.
We’d like to thank all of the amazing acts who came along to perform for us, our brilliant sponsors, helpers, organisers, venues and everyone who came along to support us.
Make sure you keep an eye on our plans for our TENTH festival in 2015. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and get involved to help make this a year to remember!
This years ‘Short Film Festival’ was the best yet!
The screening started with a variety of short films from around the world covering subjects from, ‘what would happen if you were made of plastic?’, ‘The meaning of life’, through to ‘the logistical issues of being a dwarf vampire’!
The second half was focused more locally with film makers around Shropshire and the Black Country, screening their short films with talks and Q & A sessions from the film makers themselves. Everyone was impressed with the turnout, the quality of the films and with how interesting it was hearing the filmmakers talk about their films.
This event is growing year on year and we have already started to think of what to do for next year. It is great to have the continuing support from the James and the Majestic Cinema, as there are not many cinemas left in the country where you can just walk in and ask if they would let you put on a one day film festival. It is great to have such a community spirited place like this here in town.