Hello folks. It’s another short one this week.
Wasn’t it fantastic that weather held up so well over the Bank Holiday weekend? we’re back to normal again now but hey Summer was good while it lasted, and I’m told it was quite pleasant at some of the Festivals around the County.
This past week it’s been chaos at The Drop In Centre, having allowed us to move in and set up our stock, the Land Lord decided to send the decorators in. The building does need a lot of work, and while it suits RAE as we’re not paying rent, anyone wanting to move in will either have to fork out a fortune or make sure the Land Lord makes all the repairs and makes the place safe.
On Wednesday we had a really constructive Volunteers Meeting. Already we have more than doubled the team from last year for Slamfest, and it looks as if we may be able to Open the Drop In for five Days a week very soon: which would be fantastic.
Whatever happens though – we officially open on Saturday, that’s Saturday June 1st. The Drop In will be open from 11:00am – 3:00pm for you to drop in for a glass of wine and some cheesy things courtesy of Amanda’s Blinds. We will also have some acoustic music going on from Phil Sinclair and fingers crossed Acoustic Swansong, and there’s an open invitation to anyone else who may like to pop in and give us a song or two.
ARTISTS – BANDS – MUSICIANS: Bring your work to the Drop In Centre. We can sale your product, or act as a referral for your arts services.
If Mick looks as if he has a foggy head on Saturday you will be right in your assumptions as on Friday 31st Live At The Trades we have the UK’s number one Green Day Tribute Band, Green Bay playing, along with two other top Bands. Tickets are only £4 in advance or £5 on the door, for what promises to be another rocking night.
On Sunday 2nd June The RAE link up with the Park will find one of Rotherham’s top young Band’s playing on The Clifton Park Band Stand, For Pete’s Sake. They will be striking up at 1:00pm and playing through to 3:00pm.
On Wednesday 5th June we have our first Craft Workshop. A Basic Sewing event with all materials and refreshments included in the cost of £10. It starts at 6:00pm. And you get to keep the item you are making.
The plotting for Slamfest 2013 moves smoothly along, and Mick will soon have 5000 fliers for you all to distribute. Call in at the Drop In to pick up a handful to pass out wherever you are going. Another good reason for calling in for the Official Opening. We still need loads of Volunteers, especially lads or ladies able to shift the heavy gear to set up and break down the Sound system, collect cash throughout the day, sale merchandise, and survey festival goers with a validation survey on both days. A down loadable form will be on the Web Site very soon HERE
We’ve opened up a Facebook page for Slamfest where you can join the discussion and add your point of view or idea HERE
And let’s not hog the limelight there are loads of other things happening this weekend. The Acoustic Festival of Britain gets underway on Friday as people gather at Uttoxeter. A fantastic line up this year. As has the Doncaster Folk Festival which also gets underway of Friday at the Ukrainian Centre – there’s not been a lot of publicity available about this super little Festival, not for the first time. We wish them well. Further North Bamfest will light up Bedale with some top acts from the Yorkshire Folk scene and beyond. In Rotherham there is night of heavy underground metal at The Charters. Finally, ROMP has it’s Birthday Party at The Bridge – that should be a blinder.
On Saturday there’s a special night at the Trades when Baz celebrates his 50th birthday by bringing together some of his former Bands to perform what I’m told will be some quality sets. It’s an open evening but get in early as it’s going to be a brilliant night. BUT also happening is the mighty Goat Leaf at The Bridge, warming up before they head off on their European Tour.
Just to remind you the, full listings for the weekend and links onto the individual events plus the listings for the week ahead are HERE If you want event / session listed, or have a correction or two then Email HERE
That’s it – so whatever you are doing this weekend and in the week ahead, have fun, support your local artists and KEEP IT LIVE