Over the weekend of the 23rd/24th August, with the addition of the Inspire part, this year’s Bankswood Inspire Festival took place.
Although I unfortunately had to miss the Saturday and by arriving late on the Sunday I missed the annual Round Table Soapbox race, along with the unusually named (but great sounding – if their website is anything to go by) “Coroner for the Police”
First up of the acts I did see / hear was Simon Dove, who did a great set on the acoustic stage who may also be known by his connection to local brewery Howard Town Brewery who had a great beer tent at the festival.
Next up was the main stage for The Tambourines who the following day were appearing at the Liverpool International Music Festival and get a write up of being a band that “must be near the top of the list of ‘Liverpool bands who really should have made it’”
After The Tambourines it was back to the acoustic stage for a wonderful set from local duo Rosie Arnfield and Paul Higham who amongst over’s did a fantastic cover version of Sarah McLachlan’s Angel, which I had the good luck to catch for you tube.
Next up on the main stage was head-liner ‘Hugo Kensdale’ advertised on his website as a solo artist/singer songwriter but appearing with a full band including for the only appearance (I saw) at the festival a trumpeter.
Amongst the acts, activities and workshops that came from the Inspire part of the festival were the brilliant Urban Gypsies dancers who performed with Hugo Kensdale during the performance of ‘Animals’ which you can see on you tube
Last up on the acoustic stage was late replacement Andy (didn’t catch a surname).
Finally it was back to the main stage for Cornelius Crane who interestingly are listed on their Facebook page as a church / religious organisation but provided a great set to being the event to a close
As with last year’s event, everything was well planned and many thanks must go to Duncan and all at the Glossopdale Trust, Nicola and all involved in the Inspire elements of the festival, Glossop Round Table and all involved in putting the event together, and its great to hear that the plans for next years event are already been started.