Monmouth Festival Opening Weekend
Friday the wild wet welsh weather did its best to disrupt things on Opening Night but that didn’t stop the audience coming out and having a fantastic time.
The rain didn’t faze Pollen Count who got the Festival off to a stupendous start. Then it was time for the fantastic Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband to strut their stuff, and did they ever! It was Party time with a capital P. It was also the first glass free festival night which you supported wholeheartedly. Thank you.
We were thrilled to wake up on Saturday and find the sun shining for the Busking Festival. Only the second year that we’ve held it but it’s already getting a name for itself – all the Open Mic spots were booked within 10 minutes and we even had buskers from Swansea and Weston super Mare. At one point there were 15 buskers on Monnow Street! So lovely to hear and see such a wealth of talent although it made it very difficult choosing only 7 buskers to play the main stage on Sunday. A Fool & His Money turned up very early – we think they miscalculated how much time it would take for them to get here (all of a 10 minute walk) – chilled with the crew back stage and watched the audience grow and grow. To quote them it “was pretty insane to play to so many people” but you would never have known it as they gave an assuredly impressive performance.
And then Monmouth was well and truly fooified! The Uk Foo Fighters have a very loyal following and we found out why. They were just amazing, played for almost two whole hours and to cap it all are really great guys too.
Spirit’s not dampened at the Monmouth Festival
Sunday the rain was back but that didn’t dampen the town’s Carnival spirits. With plenty of things to do in town before the procession began – a tour of The Shire Hall, entry to the tower on Monnow Bridge, and a drumming workshop – people were out bright and early, and stayed to show their support for the brilliant floats, colourful walkers and vehicles in the Carnival Procession. Samba Galez brought a glimpse of calypso sun with their rumba francessa rhythms and dancing and got everyone’s feet a-tapping.
The Buskers then proceeded to wow the crowds who couldn’t believe the age and ability of some of the performers. Remember people where you saw them first as some of them could go on to great things!
And how do you round off such a fantastic weekend? With another sensational night of music of course. Bare Knuckle Parade exploded on to the stage and the audience loved their energetic music and performance. Then a band that needs no introduction – The Wurzels – closed a magnificent weekend, with the audience “ooh arring” to their hearts content.
It’s got to be one of the best opening weekends for a long time.
Don’t forget to pop along and join us, with 3 days left of the festival still lots to see and hear. For more information on whats on check the Monmouth Festival Website.
Cerys, Monmouth Festival