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 3 – Carnival Sunday

So 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 Monnow Bridge Tower 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 Processions.  Samba Galez brought a glimpse of Calypso sun and got everyone's feet a-tapping with their rumba francessa rhythms and dancing.

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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 2 - Busking Festival

Thrilled to wake up 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 lovey to hear and see such a wealth of talent although it made it very difficult choosing only 7 buskers to play main stage

 

 

 

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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.

Wurzel World, your chance to enter...

Carnival Sunday, 26th July 2015 sees the Wurzels take the stage, headlining a fun filled day of entertainment for all the family.

Having achieved notoriety when “Twice Daily” was banned by the BBC, The Wurzels gained national success with hits such as “The Combine Harvester”, “I Am A Cider Drinker”, “The Tractor Song” and local fame in Bristol, where their tunes are played by Bristol City FC. The Wurzels have continued to delight with a series of parodies over the years, covering amongst others, Oasis, Pulp, The Stranglers, Catatonia, Tears for Fears and the Kaiser Chiefs. 

This unique and much loved band allegedly features the land’s oldest living drummer, John Morgan, from the Forest of Dean. They continue to delight audiences across the country appearing at many festivals, including Glastonbury and Monmouth. We look forward to having them light up the main stage and entertain us with their singular brand of fun filled West Country Music. 

The band has kindly offered four festival goers the opportunity to get some insight to Wurzel World before they perform on Sunday evening.

If you want to be one of the lucky four to meet these legends of the West Country, get down to the Monmouth Carnival on Sunday from 12.00 to 15.00 and listen out for details!

 

Bed Race Cancelled

Monmouth Festival is just about ready to launch but as we run to the start it looks like we've lost a race, the Monmouth Rotary Club Bed Race. Due to circumstances beyond our control and the control of the organisers it is with deep regret that we have to advise you "It's not happening".

The bed race has been cancelled this year but we are as sure as we can be that it will make a welcome return next year.  Our apologies for any disappointment this might cause. There are still plenty of things happening throughout Monmouth before the Carnival Procession  - you can attend the  Drumming Workshop, explore The Shire  Hall, see inside  the tower on Monnow Bridge or take part in the Aquathon and swim/run alongside the river Wye .

If you don’t fancy any of those things, we look forward to seeing you all for the start of the Carnival Procession at 2 o'clock on Sunday. See you there!

Thank you to the family and friends of Mr Colin Rodgers for their donation to the Festival

The Monmouth Festival has always been about the community and it has always been a festival for families.

Mr Colin Rodgers attended and supported the Festival for many years, bringing along his grandchildren introducing them to all kinds of music whilst having a great family night out. Mr Rodgers loved the festival so much that he asked for the money collected at his funeral to be donated to the festival and we are so grateful to Mr Colin Rodgers, his family and friends for their donations.

His legacy has helped us give you a festival this year.

This is your festival, put on by volunteers from your community for you and for people like Mr Colin Rodgers. Please help us keep his and our Festival going

Monmouth Walkers are Welcome

Walkers in Monmouth are once again being invited to take part in a Commemorative Walk to remember the sacrifices made by the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) in World War 1. The walk, from Castle Hill to Troy Gardens, will take place on Sunday 2nd August (leaving at 11.00am prompt) and is being organised by Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome.

Brian Ramsey, Chair of Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome said: “We were delighted that so many people turned out for the inaugural walk in November last year. This year we have moved the walk to the first weekend in August because that is closer to the actual anniversary of the Royal Mons ‘marching off to war’. It therefore made perfect sense to approach the organisers of the Monmouth Festival and ask if we could join forces, especially as they broaden the scope of the Festival to include more diverse community groups.” 

The Commemorative Walk also forms part of a successful Armed Forces Community Covenant bid, submitted by Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome, which will eventually see the provision of a Poppy Trail along the route of the 1 mile walk, interpretation panels telling the story of the Royal Mons involvement in WW1 and an art installation.

If you would like to register for the walk, please email bpr1@hotmail.co.uk or add your name to the list in Reception at the Shire Hall in Monmouth.

This photograph shows soldiers of No 1 Siege Company, RMRE (M) arriving at Monmouth Troy railway station in August 1914. During the First World War the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers provided 76 officers and 2113 enlisted men for service on the Western Front, and in Gallipoli, the Middle East and Italy. Medals awarded included 5 Distinguished Service Orders, 8 Military Crosses, 12 Distinguished Conduct Medals and 16 Military Medals.

This photograph shows soldiers of No 1 Siege Company, RMRE (M) arriving at Monmouth Troy railway station in August 1914. During the First World War the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers provided 76 officers and 2113 enlisted men for service on the Western Front, and in Gallipoli, the Middle East and Italy. Medals awarded included 5 Distinguished Service Orders, 8 Military Crosses, 12 Distinguished Conduct Medals and 16 Military Medals.

Wonderful people of Monmouth, we need your help!

Our festival, one of Europe's longest running, largest free festivals starts next week and there are still some things we need.

The festival is organised and run by people from the community for the community but we desperately need volunteers to help with both stewarding and bucketing.

We want as many people to enjoy as much of the festival as possible - you can do this and help out at the same time! Stewards help us keep an eye on the size of the crowd, whilst ensuring safety. Bucketeers help us raise the much needed cash to start the ball rolling for next year's festival.

The last piece of help required is that everyone attending helps us to maintain our licence by not bringing any glass to the festival site. Please help us to keep going!

You donated £20,000 in the buckets last year and we need everyone's help to raise £25,000 this year from this, the biggest programme in years.

More details of how to help and how to volunteer can be found over on our Volunteer Page or please email us at info@monmouthfestival.co.uk!