Devizes Festival launch website, and announce programme

Those of you who have already joined the Devizes Festival Facebook page, will have had a sneak preview of a few of this years acts, but you can now peruse the entire 2014 programme from the excellent brand new website, http://www.devizesfestival.co.uk/. 

The obvious stand out events, in my mind, would be the MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER on Saturday 21st June, simply because of his spat with Mr Gove, the Newsnight performance and Guardian, Independent and Metro coverage back in March/April. Oh, and because it’s free entry ūüėȬ†

Then there is Oxford Educated drug trafficker, HOWARD MARKS, on Thursday 19th June at the Corn Exchange. The big counter culture figure, in a literally conservative town. 

Other improvements¬†include the ability to purchase tickets online for every event this year, even the Organ recitals in the Churchs! And we’re looking to get on the social network hash tag’s too, see if we can get these trending in June.

#DevizesFestival – On Twitter and Instagram

#DevizesMusic – On Instagram specifically.

We want to see your comments, pictures and feedback in real time, and show off the quality of our festival across the Social Media platform!

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Devizes does it 3 times!

Last night was quite a special night in Devizes, little did we all know but we were in the middle of a 3 way tug-of-war for audience from 3 quality gigs, something I would usually want to avoid like the plague!

Ian Hopkins, our blues stalwart had The Strawbs at the Long Street Blues Club, Ian James has Badness and an 80’s night at the Corn Exchange, where as Sheer Music had Jon Amor and Rhiannon Mair in at The Lamb.¬†

All three gigs were effectively sold out, as Devizes proved that regular or indeed overlapping live music need not be a bad thing, or an hindrance, provided the entertainment on offer is good quality! (I say effectively, since my show was free entry, and so can’t really sell out)

All the big guns were out, we had “Big Nose Ken” Ansted, photographer¬†extraordinaire managed to make two of the shows, Crammer Magazine scribe Chris Palmer made all 3(!) and that dude we keep seeing dancing strangely at any event that’ll allow, made the spot in front of the log fire, his own.¬†

Sorry for the bi-polar effect of James Brown’s Get On Up, getting played immediately as Barney Goodall finished. Barney showed poise and technical ability in his first outing for me on Piano. I love the guy, he just needs to play some happier / story songs that I know and love him for!¬†

Chris Worthy admits he essentially plays the same set each time, just in a different order. It’s always a pleasure to see him and Lucie out, and as Drinking Tiles proves,¬†Chris’s old Soulswitch songs are as good as any songs Devizes musicians have produced, they’re also standing the test of time!

Rhiannon Mair absolutely stormed her 3rd Devizes performance. True to form, we have managed to build up her fan base locally and the applause she got at the end of her set was the loudest I’ve seen in The Lamb. Sorry she didn’t get chance for an encore after you begged so much – but never fear, she will be returning to Devizes in August for Party In The Park. You heard it here first!

This night had it all, eclectic music, great banter (Hey Jon, sniff your mic!) a rendition of the Top Gear Theme, a bit of Jon’s multi layering up of sound to create his backing band, before whipping out the old electric to shred the best blues you’ll hear a white man play, and this ladies and gents is why Jon is so highly regarded, because he is an absolute talent!¬†

On another positive note, last night was the first we had the function room bar open at a gig, and it was a welcome addition to the atmosphere, as it feels we have an entire separate, self contained venue now. The Lamb surely has to be the best venue around for this sort of thing? Be sure to come to the next show to indulge in the atmosphere!

MANY THANKS AS EVER! 

Devizes Festival goes out in style!

Sunday saw the finale of our 3 week music & arts festival, ended in style with self confessed Last Word In Cool with Virginia Ironsides “Growing Old Disgracefully” tour and the first time I heard a flute at one of my shows, with the Bluesy Soul duo, KYLA BROX. The flute knocked me out, and I left feeling they would be great on a bill with Jon Amor…

It was a fantastic end to a record breaking year, which opened my eyes to public speaking via Michael Wood, some wonderful food courteously of Peter Vaughn – who cooked one of the acts meals from their own published cook book (!) and quite possibly the most significant show Devizes has ever witnessed from NEW MODEL ARMY – which has gone down with fans as “one of their best, top 5 most likely”.

I was overwhelmed with the responce from people, as almost every event sold out. We were exposed to a wide range of culture and interests, which I felt privileged to be a part of and humbled by many of the acts and their feedback.

I would like to give a big shout to Abe Juggins, an immensely reliable and capable member of the crew, without whom I wouldn’t of been able to do it.

Keep your ear firmly tuned to Fantasy Radio, as Phil Dawson will be playing some live recordings of some of the shows, of which I have more to give him too. 97fm locally, or online at FantasyRadio.co.uk.

SO on to next year – Now is the time to get your suggestions, and feedback in. We’re specifically looking at suggestions to incorporate a wide range of groups and possibly covering areas we may have missed this year.

And thus, I’ll leave you with the video of Gaz, hammering it out in the Corn Exchange. Until next Year x