Monday, 11 June 2012

Come what May day....

Despite the threat of yet more rain (seriously...enough already...oy vey) the annual Lightwoods May Day Festival finally took place yesterday. A strongman competition...

...BMX displays... on the bandstand, food, stalls...oh...and some bright hot orange thing in the sky too. It BURNS! Yes. Sun. Blimey.

Saw some great sets from the lovely 360 - the finest purveyors of goodtime skafunkapunkreggae around, Mel Day (lead singer of Soul Survivors and a jolly friendly chap too), Colin Hall's Rebel Soul (with some cracking Dexys covers and a glorious run through Teardrop Explodes' Reward...bless my cotton socks) and a closing performance from Bearwood's very own reggae legend (and the day's compere) Mr Dennis 'Musical Youth' Seaton. Loved the cover of Good Thing Going and, of course, the specially adapted Lightwoods Park version of de Yoot's Pass The Dutchie.

The whole day was devoted to the memory of the late, great Mr Andy Hamilton who no doubt had a hand in keeping the rain away. There are moves afoot to get the bandstand in Lightwoods Park named in his honour and given its recently revitalised role in hosting a wide range of top notch musical events recently (the next one's the Bearwood Shuffle on June 24th...sunshine guaranteed) we can think of no finer honour.


1 comment:

  1. Couldn't make it, as I had a prior engagement.