Posts Tagged ‘Aldershot Live Music Day’

Aldershot Live Music Day

July 29, 2017

If putting on a music festival, either do it properly or do not bother.

Aldershot Live Music Festival must rank as one of the worst music festivals in the country.

As always no advance publicity. They erect posters in the town on the day it happens. There had not even been any information at the bandstand, one of the venues.

Two stages, in the past three.

Why not one, as they cannot find the talent for even one stage, let alone two? Use only the bandstand.

By the bandstand, a handful of people, no one playing.

In the town, a small stage, an audience of zero, literally no one, a sole female singer playing a guitar, could not play, could not sing.

I cannot comment on the acts as I did no stay, but if anything like previous years, not worth staying for.

I saw better at a  garden party a few weeks ago in Farnham and at the Godalming Food Festival.

Why no concessions? I expected to find at least something to eat and drink. Charge £50 for stall by the bandstand. Though even if free, vendors would have lost money.

What is it for, other than to give the impression the council is doing something? It cannot be to bring people into the town, as would only find out if in the town on the day. And clearly it did not bring anyone in, as the streets were deserted.  I contrast with Guildford yesterday, town centre packed as though Christmas shopping.

The council needs to terminate this farce,  as an appalling waste of public money.

If there is money available, then hand it to the West End Centre and ask them to organise a music festival.

Let us hope decent weather for next weekend, Staycation Live in Goldaming.

Aldershot Live Music Day

July 23, 2016
Aldershot Live Music Day acoustic set

Aldershot Live Music Day acoustic set

An annual event. usually rubbish, and today no exception. Well to be fair, marginally better than in the past.

Three stages, the bandstand in Princess Gardens, pedestrian street outside Costa, and Wastegate.

Aged rockers at the bandstand, could at least play, guy on acoustic guitar outside Costa could not.

As always, badly organised.

Why are no lessons ever learnt?

No publicity. Nothing in the town, other than at the bandstand to announce the event.

Why three stages, when not enough talent for one?

If three stages, one should be an acoustic set outside Caffe Macchiato, not at Wastegate.

Restrict to bandstand only, or if wish to have s second set, then an acoustic set outside Caffe Macchiato.

People handed out bottled water. A good idea, only not the organisers, a promotion by Specsavers.

Why not have street food in Princes Gardens?

And please not the pink ice cream van belching out toxic fumes at toddler height.

And to empathise further the bad organisation, timed to coincide with a three day event at the West End Centre.

If this festival is to continue, rather than waste public money, hand whatever is the budget to West End Centre and ask them to organise.

Aldershot Live Music Day

July 25, 2015
bandstand

bandstand

If you are going to hold a live music event, then at least do the job properly.

No lessons have been learnt from the failure of previous events.

Early in the week there was no publicity for the event, apart from a banner at the bandstand. And the only people who would have seen this is those alighting off the No 1 bus and walking by the bandstand into the town or cutting across to catch buses to Farnham.

What is the purpose of the event? Is it to attract people into the town? If yes, then why a stage at Wastegate? If three stages, then one should be an acoustic set, top end of Union Street outside Caffe Macchiato. People can then sit have a coffee and enjoy the music.

Music? Previous years the music has been dire, a lot of noise and enthusiasm but little talent.

Two acts at the bandstand were dire.

trio

trio

On the stage bottom end of Union street, a trio, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and wind instrument, were quite good. Good enough to inquire had they recorded anything. Confusing as to who they actually were as the name was changed whilst they were playing.

It may of course been there were some good acts, but with the exception of the trio, better to be found playing on the street in Guildford.

Why is the Tony Tresco ice cream van permitted, spewing out diesel fumes?

If well run, Tony Tresco ice cream van would not be permitted, there would be food stalls, quality food, not shit burgers, on the green by the bandstand.

The Saturday market in Union Street, what the imbecile leader of the council claims a huge success, was as dead as ever.

Next weekend: Staycation Live in Godalming.

Aldershot Live Music Day

July 27, 2014
Aldershot Live Music Day

Aldershot Live Music Day

Aldershot Live Music Day or Guildford farmers market. No contest, Guildford farmers market it was.

The last couple of years, Aldershot Live Music Day has been dire to say the least. Far, far better music to be found on the High Street in Guildford.

No lessons have been learnt. As previous years, zilch publicity, nothing in the street. Contrast with Guilfest, three day music festival in Guildford last weekend, posters plastered on all the empty shop fronts (of which there are a lot in Aldershot).

I passed by the bandstand in the little park a little after half past four. A female rock group was playing. They were quite good. But, the crowds to say the least were thin on the ground.

For lovers of music next weekend Staycation Live in Godalming. It is unfortunate it also clashes with Westival at the West End Centre.

Aldershot Live Music Day

July 21, 2012
Aldershot live music day

Aldershot live music day

Aldershot music festival: three stages, 25 acts.

It was either clever planning to have two music festivals on the same day or crass stupidity.

I dropped in Aldershot on my way to Farnham, thinking take a look at the music festival.

There was nothing on. It had finished at 4pm!

I find it unbelievable that a music festival should finish at 4pm.

The publicity for the event was abysmal.

I was in Aldershot Monday, no mention of a music event.

I was in Aldershot on Thursday, a few posters outside Princess Hall, nothing in the town centre.

I asked, was anyone aware of a music festival in Aldershot. No one was.

The West End Centre, albeit not their festival, had not put out anything on twitter. This not surprising as their use of twitter is dysfunctional to say the least. Friday night, I trawled through their tweets. It had been mentioned that day, but only as an afterthought to their own festival, and likely to be missed (I was looking).

Saturday afternoon I found a helpful young lady taking down street posters and putting them in a bin. Not the norm for Aldershot where rubbish is normally thrown in the street. I asked her when the posters went up. She said that morning.

I suspect the only people who knew about the street music festival were those who happened to be in Aldershot and those who were brought in by the performers through their own contacts.

I spoke with people Friday and Saturday outside of Aldershot who are involved with music and usually know what is going on locally. I asked were they aware of a day long street music festival in Aldershot? The answer was no.

It is depressing when trouble is taken to organise a music event, especially in the cultural wasteland of Aldershot, and no effort is then made to publicise. And it is crass stupidity to have such an event and it finishes at 4pm.

If the intention was, as I was told, to bring people into a dying town centre, then it failed abysmally as you cannot bring people into something they know nothing about.