Some say be careful what you wish for it might just come true! I’m a bit more positive than that 😀
Here’s what happens – you dream and dream and guess what if an opportunity comes up to make it a reality then there’s only one thing to do and that’s put your hand up and say, “yes”
That’s exactly the story when Barnaby Festival were looking for people to give up their space for the Space themed 2016 edition. Barnaby in case you don’t know is one of the fastest growing festivals in the country and it just so happens to be in ‘my backyard’ (metaphorically speaking and now actually … read on). Every two years Macclesfield and its surroundings turns into a hive of creative and family focuses activity, from musical talents to artistic genius, local crafts to parades in the streets.
“We’re looking for people of the town to give up their personal spaces for Barnaby in 2016” said Karl Wallace festival director when I first met him. “I’m game” I volunteered with no hesitation.
I’ve always fancied having a mini festival in my back garden and here was a chance to have a team of experts help me set it up. The Barnaby West Bond Stage was born!
We had amazing luck with the weather and for the two hours that our secret garden gig was open it was a dry and sunny slot between 6-8pm. DJ3, Bleeding Hands and Charli White all performed brilliantly under cover provided for the festival, it served great as our own scaled down version of the Pyramid Shaped one that was 150 miles down the road that weekend. No wellies were needed at ours, the portaloo (aka the Tardis) wasn’t overflowing and the BYOB policy meant a pint of fosters for 9 quid was saved for elsewhere, and the entertainment was worthy of any glasto line up in our books.
At 5.45 with 15 minutes until we officially started the anticipation started to build – “Were people actually going to turn up?” We asked ourselves. And sure enough 70 people, some we knew well and others we knew better by the end of the evening were welcomed into our secret garden gig.
They were treated first to a fantastic acoustic set by Charli White, a young singer songwriter from Macclesfield who our daughters love to watch live – check out page 7 of the Macc Express this week to see the young dancers enjoying Charli’s set. She even signed a copy of her EP ‘All I Want’ for the girls and gave them a plectrum. (As we all know by now; the first rule of gig club is …? That’s right ‘Always buy the music!’)
With a short break of music (space themed of course) the festival goers were then brought up to beat with the funk fuelled grooves of DJ3, (playing in MASH as I type this whilst babysitting so my bro and lay down the bass lines). Playing old and new they were the headline act and the reason we sold out tickets so quickly. The lads have been in bands in the area for years and DJ3 got back together recently and started to record new material – it’s sounding great too, check out KRUSH.
By this time the festival feel was well at home surrounded by our space and my veg patch was still in tact too.
To close our slot was our very own Bleeding Hands, one of the rawest and individual talents of the local music scene. Comments making there way round of how great his voice is his self-written and original songs complimented by well known covers too.
Then I get called up to accompany the ‘Bleeded one’ in a cover of Bittersweet Symphony , the Verve. A fun end to a great evening and we were joined by Nick from DJ3 too.
A night of fantastic music and fun all to support the Barnaby festival was brought to a close, so everyone could walk round to Christ Church round the corner to witness a brilliant lunar rising. Thanks to all involved.
‘Til next time Barnaby. Nanu Nanu.