Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Stunning talent at the 2018 Wallington Music Festival

   

The sun smiled on the fourth annual Wallington Music Festival as hundreds of people gathered to hear local musical talent perform throughout the day.

Willow RiversThe musical feast began in the library with Rhodri Williams playing a selection of popular pieces on the Mallinson Room piano, followed by Willow Rivers performing her own stunning compositions.

At 11.30 the festival moved into the Library Gardens as The Brook Choir opened the show and quickly got the crowd singing along.

The Mayor of Sutton, local councillor Steve Cook and his Lady Mayoress Pauline Cook formally opened the festival at noon, but then the Mayor seated himself behind the drums and played a rocking set as part of the specially formed band The Mayor’s Flares also featuring Andy Brook on guitar. Where else but Wallington!

For the rest of the afternoon the crowds were treated to a range of performances switching between the bandstand and the main stage on the steps of the old Town Hall. List of performers shown further down.

It was a lovely family event. Those who knew what to expect came prepared with blankets and picnics and settled down with their families to enjoy the day. Others wandered in to see what was happening and then stayed, other people came specially to see certain performers.

There was a free activity stall for children to make their own bunting flags, a facepainter, and for the adults a mobile bar provided by the Duke’s Head. The festival had been expanded to use Jubilee Gardens as a food area where the bar was set up alongside street food provided by Chef Arif, The Woodcote Flying Club and Byrnes. Tables and chairs had been arranged under the beautiful tree in Jubilee Gardens which proved to be a great place to chill and still hear the music. The Cafe in the Library Gardens was kept busy as people decided to stay and make a day of it.

At 6pm the performances moved on from the library gardens out to a number of venues around Wallington: The Ginger Frog, The Brook, The Duke’s Head, Cactus Grill, Wallington Arms, The Woodcote Flying Club and Hotrocks. I didn’t get round all the venues but those I did were packed out and rocking.

The range of music was huge from choirs and classical, to jazz, rap, acoustic, folk, rock and pop. Much was original work, and I am sure we have witnessed a number of stars of the future.

People were blown away by the quality of the performers, and we are both proud and lucky that we have such a wealth of talent locally to be able to provide a festival of such a musical high standard.

Much of the reason we can showcase such talent is down to local man Andy Brook, who sources and co-ordinates the performers for the festival. Some of the venues book acts directly, but all liaise with Andy over who is performing where on the day.

A number of local people and businesses work voluntarily to bring the Music Festival together: Ric Adams, Colin Wadeson, Christine Lindsay, Alan Fitter, Andy & Thea Brook, Jean Grima, Chloe Rae, Andrew Langley, Steve and Teresa Green of The Woodcote Flying Club, , Arif Hasan, Emma Waterman from the Duke’s Head, Sally and Nick Byrne, Paul Verlander from Carpenter & Co Solicitors who were our main sponsors this year and Steve, Muhammad and myself as the local ward councillors. (Apologies if there is anyone I have accidently forgotten.)

A special thanks to those businesses that get involved in the organisation of the festival. They put huge amounts of time and effort in, but the rewards are felt by businesses and venues throughout Wallington, as well as providing a great event for the local community. Also thanks to Gary Milsom for providing PA equipment and more, and a special shout out to Thea Brook for being a brilliant MC all day.

But what really makes this now annual fixture a success are the great artists who come and perform for our enjoyment. Here is the list of performers at this year’s festival – look them up on Spotify etc. to hear more of their work:

Acoustic Bliss
Alien Brain
Amelia Langley
Angelica Rincon
Anne Sumner
Annie & the Make Believe
Atlantis
Bel Stubley
Bigworld
Cat Totman
Charlie Ardley
Chebeto Requena
Chloe Ray
Chris Barrat
Chrissy Fuel & the Flames
Dan Davison
Dan Davison
Dragonfly Sky
Eltel
Emily Clair
Ernesto Marichales
Evensong
Gary Mason Charity Drummers
Hank Osasuna
Henry Bravo
Jack Bennett
Jack Flint
J-Catz
Jemma Jenkinson
Jordan Rutland
Kazoom
Kinacho
Lily Otten
Luis Landa
Maya Lane
Michael Alexandra
Oliver Hall
Pat Giles Clarinet Quartet
Paul Captain Watson
Peter Green
Peter Munt
Queen V
Rhodri Williams
Rob Cushman
Scott McFarnon
Scott Roxburgh
Sea Goats
SM6 Jazz Project
South London Sinfonia
St Elpheges Choir
Terry Finch
The Brook Choir
The Mayors Flares
The Reasonable Sips
The Steve Eggs Band
Tom Johnson
Uncle Greedy
Vinny Joe
Willow Rivers
Zero Carbon Band

Our rag-tag bunch of organisers led by Ric Adams is entirely voluntary, wanting simply to share the joy of music with the fabulous Wallington community by putting on an open-to-all local event. We are associated under the name AllinWallington so we can apply for a bit of local grant funding to help with expenses setting up this festival and the Wallington Christmas Festival.

The day went brilliantly, and the atmosphere was great. Best of all no one fell in the pond!

I am sure Ric Adams will have some fabulous pictures of the day that will be posted on the Wallington, Surrey Facebook page so look out for those.

 

 

 

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Wallington Music Festival 2017

Final line up confirmed, and additional sponsorship from Carpenter & Co:

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