Monmouth 2015 by Mutha Luvin Chimps (MLC)

Playing in an originals band trying to find an outlet and an audience for your finely honed set of self-written masterpieces, life ain’t all sunshine and lollipops!  There’s many a pub boasting that they ‘support live music’. This generally translates as ‘we support covers bands that play exactly the same songs as the covers band we had on last week’.

Ask the average pub landlord if they’ll consider putting on a band that plays (shock horror) their own songs and the reaction will be as if you’ve asked for something truly horrendous. That’s before you ask if there’s any chance of petrol money or a free drink after the event.

Then there is the support slot with bigger bands, the holy grail of ‘exposure’. Strangely, these support slots seem to depend less on musical ability or quality of your songs and more on how many mates you can march through the door at gunpoint, only stopping so they can pay for a ticket. And trendier promoters won’t even consider you unless everyone in the band has beards.

But…..(there is a but) sometimes you play an event that makes everything seem worthwhile and (yes, you’ve guessed it)…. Monmouth Music Festival is such an event. An amazing setting in the heart of South Wales with a fantastic stage, large screens (look mum, I’m on TV) and kicking out an awesome sound.

It’s a free festival which attracts a large audience who come to enjoy themselves and the music on offer. Most importantly, the organisers are incredibly welcoming, friendly and genuinely doing it to support live and grass roots music, picking bands to play on merit.  Nothing was too much trouble and …. they have a back stage area with its own free bar! (Don’t tell the drummer).

 Mutha Luvin Chimps played Main Stage, Friday 31st July and it was a true highlight of all the things we’ve done. The feedback from the crowd was brilliant, we flogged some CDs and there was a bouncy castle. What more could you want?

We’d play it again in a heartbeat and loved every single second of it.

Thanks guys.  We had a blast working with you too!
All Barred Up very generously donated the free bar.  Thanks Wayne.

Monmouth Festival Day 9 - Last Night

The last night is always bitter sweet - everyone's had a fantastic time,  the crew are still standing (just) - but the music must come to an end.

Red Racer got the evening off to a rocking start with their honed classic sound.

Then we finished with the mellow sound of China Crisis who played 80s favourites and new melodies.

The final act was a fantastic firework display.

And so over for another year. 

we'll be announcing next year's festival dates shortly so keep an eye out!

Monmouth Festival Day 7 - Dance Night

For one night only Main Stage was dedicated to dance/house music and it was awesome. 

Teaming DJ experience with ghetto funk and electro-swing and still believing himself "not worthy"  Mr Biggz & Funkmaster Bates ' collaboration created the ultimate party experience.

Monmouth went wild for Filthy Gorgeous .  It was totally insane. Nuff said!

 

 

Monmouth Festival Day 6 - Soul

Turrentine Jones, a band that have gone from strength to strength since their festival debut at the BBC Introducing Stage Glastonbury 2013,  played a great set.  We couldn't believe there were only three of them, the sound was gigantic!

Then it was a festival favourite and a band that needs no introduction  - Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band. They certainly got the place amoving and agrooving.

Monmouth Festival Day 5 - Rocking All Over the Stage

Sky Valley Mistress , the best thing you've never heard,  travelled all the way from Blackburn and back again just to play the Festival.  We're glad they did - they were immense.

Unfortunately The Vitamins had to cancel due to injury but False Heads saved the day and stepped in at the last minute -our heroes!

Monmouth Festival Day 4 - Local, Up & Coming Talent

Fresh from a rowing regatta and first on stage Max Weeden, a worthy Monmouth's Got Talent Winner,  played his guitar to "screaming effect". We loved seeing such a talented guitarist on the Main Stage.

Two up and coming bands from Newport followed.  First was  Crisis Talks with no gimmicks, no slogans, just music.  Oh and some free CDs.  

Next up was The Lash  featuring the astonishing  velvety vocals of Erin McNamara. Remember people you saw them here first.

Monmouth Festival Day 3 - Buskers, Bare Knuckles and The Wurzels

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.

 

Monmouth Festival Day 2 - UK Foo Fighters and A Fool & His Money

A Fool & His Money turned up very early – we think they miscalculated how much time it would take 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.

 

Monmouth Festival Day 1 – Opening Night

The wild wet welsh weather did its best to disrupt things but that didn't stop you 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.