It’s turning into a real summer of live music this year. Following yesterday’s Bloxwich event, today, Sunday 30th June is Bands on the Beacon, and event that’s been sadly under my radar until this year.
This project is now in it’s fourth year and has a whole bunch of avid devotees from all over the Midlands, who come to Walsall’s highest spot for free music and fun. This year there are some great bands, including Aziz, who made such an impression on me at last year’s Bandstand Marathon in the Arboretum, and Cower Hounds! Who are set to play Brownhills Music Festival, property prices permitting.
There are a great diversity of acts performing over two stages, and that all important beer tent is making it’s debut this year, too. No matter what the age or musical taste, there’s something for everyone.
This is also a great opportunity to check out the newly refurbished War Memorial at the country park, and take in one of the best vistas for miles around.
Walsall Council issued this press release:
Local music lovers are set to enjoy the free Bands on the Beacon event at Walsall’s landmark site.
The main stage and Stage 1 line-ups feature rock ‘n’roll, Indie sounds, pop, country music and folk and showcase both established acts and up and coming local talent.
A beer tent will be available for the first time at the event and entertainment will run from 12.30pm to around 6pm on Sunday 30 June 2013.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, chair of Barr Beacon Trust, said: “We’re really looking forward to the fourth Bands on the Beacon which is a great, free, day out for all the family.
‘We’ve got another varied line-up so there’s music to suit all tastes and age groups. And we’ve ordered some sunshine for Sunday!
‘The restoration of Barr Beacon’s war memorial has been completed and visitors will be able to see it in all its glory this weekend.’
The main stage is as follows:
1pm Into the Shadows – all the hits of The Shadows
2pm Knoxville Highway – a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll
3pm Soul Weaver – British rock at its best
4pm Khaliq – multicultural Indie band with a difference
5pm Aziz – power acoustic rock from ex Stone Roses guitarist
Stage 1 will kick off with Dominic Mailin from 12.30pm and half hour slots will continue through the afternoon featuring Conviviality, Darkness Is Blinding, Cower,Hounds! Klasside, Tim Philpot, Motorcity String Band, Chaos Parade and Stems, finishing around 6pm.
Tom Davies, singer, songwriter and guitarist, said: I am just starting out in my music career and to perform at Bands on the Beacon at 14 years of age will be an amazing experience.
‘I am looking forward to seeing all the fantastic and talented artists.’
Andy Friesen of Motorcity String Band said: ‘We’ve been playing hard-driving traditional and original bluegrass together for the past three years.
‘We’re inspired by the great bluegrass bands of the 40s and 50s such as Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers and we are really looking forward to knocking out some tunes for the good people of Walsall!’
Stuart Copeland Cower,Hounds! drummer added ‘In all the years of playing gigs in rock venues around the country, this is going be Cower, Hounds! highest gig ever.
‘We’ve bought new outfits and will be tuning our guitars up specially, we are all looking forward to playing in our home town of Walsall especially at such a unique venue.’
Organisers are advising those travelling by car to reserve a free parking space online at BOTB.fikket.com or by calling Walsall Countryside Service on 01922 654240.
Parking ticket holders should come along to the Memorial car park on the corner of Bridle Lane and Beacon Road, Aldridge – postcode WS9 0QW for sat-nav users.
Updates will be posted on Walsall Council’s website and @walsallcouncil on Twitter and Our Walsall on facebook and people are advised to check these before setting out in case bad weather stops play on the day.
The Bands on the Beacon Facebook page is also worth a look.