WARWICK FOOD FESTIVAL 2018, THE MUSIC, A FAREWELL & A DOWNPOUR


WARWICK FOOD FESTIVAL 2018, THE MUSIC, A FAREWELL & A DOWNPOUR

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As usual for this festival I made my way to Warwick Market place to see what was going on music wise and yet again Leamington's 14 Records did a great job entertaining the hoards of festival goers and this year supplying two stages, the usual main stage by The Rose and Crown with the addition of an acoustic stage by St. Mary's Church.
I did not catch them all in action but managed to take in 8 of the performers, my visits to the second stage included a top notch set by singer songwriter/guitarist Matty Coles (also caught a small part of his main stage set performed as a duo), and one to look out for 15 year old Izzy Dorrington who accompanied herself on keyboards and for some numbers she swapped for an acoustic guitar.
At the church stage I was also impressed with the duo Blind Faith who combined wonderful keyboard melodies with the female vocalists angelic vocals and I was really pleased to see 14 Records marketing manager Gemma Waddell showing what an outstanding vocalist she is on a brace of Dolly Parton classics.
I was so pleased I made a visit to the festival this year, I had clocked that one of my favourite local rock bands Blackwater Ridge were performing but had no idea this was their last ever gig and as always this 3 piece rocked the joint with the likes of ‘Black Night' and ‘Moby Dick' the latter complete with drum solo and their set ended in pure Spinal Tap fashion with knights and a monk joining in the fun.
Also on the main stage I managed to check out part of the usual hi-energy set by local indie band The Rushmore, Grassroutes were as always the life and soul of the party with their infectious mix of reggae and ska with a touch of punk vigour and a full of fun set by The Rawky.
Unfortunately the headline set by James Temple and band that I was really looking forward to had the plug pulled when lighting filled the skies during a late afternoon heavy rain storm.
This years festival itself seemed to be a huge success, really well attended and the music I am sure played its part yet again.

Andrew Lock

**** "ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE - THE LIVE MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY OF ANDREW LOCK 2008-2018" PHOTO EXHIBITION - THE OAK HOUSE SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, LEAMINGTON SPA WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2018 7-10-30PM****

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