With over two hundred local artists performing over the August Bank Holiday weekend, (two days in Calverley Grounds and four days in various locations across Tunbridge Wells, Kent), thousands of festival goers from the local community and beyond, surrounded Calverley Grounds stages and packed out a wide range of pubs, bars and cafes – making it a huge success this year at “The Local & Live Music Festival 2015”. Although we basked in the heat of the summer sun one minute, we also endured drizzly showers (which resulted in everyone sheltering underneath umbrellas for the majority of the weekend), but that didn’t stop the people of Tunbridge Wells from coming on down to support and appreciate the wide array of deeply talented, enthusiastic musicians.
Rupert Stroud is a singer/songwriter based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. His powerful beat driven sound has gained the attention from BBC + BBC Radio 2, XFM, BFBS Radio 2, NME and Q Radio. Playing to over 140,000 people in 2014, his broad musical appeal has gained support slots for James Blunt, The Hoosiers, Little Comets and many others. Demonstrating strong-hearted, beat driven acoustic/rock inspired tracks, Rupert has been compared to artists such as: Richard Ashcroft, Jim Morrison and Nick Cave. Stroud works with British producer Will Jackson (The Kaiser Chiefs, Embrace, The Cribs) and it was Will who produced Rupert’s second album “Chasing The Night”. This was a breakthrough project for Stroud and has lead him on to be labeled as one of Yorkshire’s hottest young artists…
My father and I attended ‘The Walled Garden Music Festival‘ early on Sunday afternoon. The weather couldn’t have been better and with the sun beating down on our shoulders, with not a single cloud in the sky, we were introduced to an ensemble of artists who played a variety of music. Now, considering this was the first time any festival had taken place at this particular venue, it MUST be noted that they did a spectacular job, of not only providing such exquisite gourmet food, but obtaining a high level of security, suburb sound engineering, extremely attentive staff and exceptionally clean portaloos – of which, I have ever seen! We did however, find it challenging to locate where the venue was, as there weren’t any signs in the surrounding roads to help direct you.
If there is one thing you should know, it’s that Miss Taylor Swift can put on one heck of a show! Getting off the tube and arriving at Bond Street on our way to Hyde Park, London, started one of the biggest challenges of the day! The summer sun was blazing down on our shoulders and the streets were jam packed, but, gradually we were able to follow certain “pusher-throughers” and continued onwards with our journey…
Dawn Moss produces a unique and beautiful twist on ‘Polk’ music. Based in Devon, this wonderfully esteemed young singer/song writer performs a solo act, portraying her thoughts into lyrics and combining them with her electric/acoustic guitars. I had the pleasure of interviewing her, check out how we got on…
“Boardwalk Isabella” is the alter ego of independent English rock funk artist and Singer Songwriter, James C Hughes, who is the former New Wave bassist with the likes of: The Banned, Cowboys International, The Original Mirrors, Department S, and session man who has played either with or alongside some of the great names of the music business including: Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Omar Hakim, Stevie Wonder band’s Greg Phillinganes, Cameo, Terry Chimes from The Clash, Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode, Billy Curry of The Cult, Latoyah Jackson and many more…”
If you are looking for inspiration, you may just find it in the words of James C Hughes below…
So James, how did you decide on “Boardwalk Isabella”?
The name, “Boardwalk Isabella”, came about due to a misheard pronunciation! During a visit to a studio, when I was with another band back in the day, one of the road crew pointed to a beautiful sports car across the street and said, ‘wow, that’s my favourite car’ and then proceeded to say the words I heard as Boardwalk Isabella. I thought, that is an amazing name for a classic vehicle, and filed it away. Recently, when searching for a name for the musical project and band, I was looking through a vintage magazine and saw the car again, but realised that I had misheard what the roadie said (which was in fact Borgward Isabella) and found to my joy that the misheard name was unique, had domain names and social media tags available and free to secure, and so I gleefully named this classic, stylish, rocking-funky ship, Boardwalk Isabella.
…a superb series of candlelit showcases of the local area’s finest soloists and acoustic bands. With four acts on the bill at each show representing a multitude of musical styles and genres, audiences are treated to an exceptional night of local music culture, songwriting and musicianship.
The audience welcomed our first artist, Joe Ackerley onto the stage. His rich vocals complimented his guitar beautifully, as he played his melodic folk music – setting the standard quite high for the following artists. The atmosphere was nice and chilled and he had every eye in the room watching him perform, as he passionately sang an array of songs.
“Carl Anscombe is an up and coming Actor/Singer and Song writer from West Yorkshire, England. He has gained recognition and supporters from his multiple appearances on popular UK television programmes such as: Emmerdale and Peaky Blinders. Furthermore he features in the film ‘The Knife That Killed Me’, which is due to be released this year. Performing for live acting shows and children’s pantomimes, he currently is preparing for auditions in a wide range of areas to further develop his skills and build a career.
Every two months Local & Live Sessions host an ‘Electric’ evening at ‘The Forum’, for aspiring musicians who are just starting out. It gives them the chance to show everyone what they can do and it gives Local & Live Sessions a chance to raise money for the upcoming Music Festival in Tunbridge Wells this August.
The Forum is an independent music venue based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent with a standing capacity of 250 people. Opened as a new music venue in January 1993, The Forum was previously used as a public toilet and a brass rubbing centre. It has since hosted a number of acts, who have gone on to achieve significant commercial success, such as: Adele, Biffy Clyro, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Oasis, The Vaccines, We Are Scientists and many more! In 2012, the NME voted this venue as ‘Britain’s Best Small Venue’.