Picnic in the Park, Sunday 3rd July

Bearwood Promoters are proud to be supporting Warley Woods Community Trust again this year, by providing the music for Picnic in the Park.

The list of bands will be published soon and as ever, it promises to be an eclectic mix, so there should be something for everyone.

We are fortunate to have 6 Music DJ, Stuart Maconie acting as Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon’s music.

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See you all there

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Picnic In The Park, Warley Woods – 5th July 2015

Warley Woods Community Trust organised this year’s Picnic in the Park on Sunday 5th July 2015 between 1.00 and 6.00p.m. This free event attracted large crowds to the live music and assorted food and craft stalls and even a dog show. Bearwood Promoters curated the music stage on behalf of the Trust, and got the 6Music DJ Stuart Maconie to compere the afternoon’s music.

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Picnic 2015-30 Band and acts appearing were a mix of local talent in and around The Bearwood area;

  • The Strumtroopers
  • The Coopers
  • Holloway Head
  • Riven Productions
  • Colin Hall’s Gypsy Blood
  • Caballo Blanco

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What a day!! The crowds got blazing sunshine, torrential rain and a few thunderbolts too and for those brave souls who stuck it out until the end, watched a great set of acts performing on the Shuffle Stage.

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The Bearwood Shuffle is back for 2015 on 26th July, with their usual eclectic mix of live music acts, craft stalls and great locally produced food. Lightwoods Park Bandstand is not available due to the restorations in Lightwoods Park, so this Shuffle will take place at Warley Woods.

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Bearwood Shuffle V featuring Moselele, Amelia Wallace, Tempting Rosie, Paul Murphy, Gucci Pimp (& DJ Craig) with compere Gavin Young – Sunday 9 June 2013

Gig Review by Daron Billings / Gig Photography by Wayne Fox

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Appropriately enough the fifth Bearwood Shuffle saw five great acts take to the Lightwoods’ Park bandstand on a freakily bright and sunny Sunday… you’d almost think it was summertime eh? Moselele kicked things off, an ever growing collective of ukulele players they put their own unique spin on everything from The Killers’ Mr Brightside to The Violent Femmes’ Blister in the Sun. Great fun.

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Amelia Wallace stunned the gently roasting crowd with her own songs and covers including a ‘better than the original’ versh of Alt J’s Matilda (so much lovelier than that bloke with the silly voice… I’m sure he’s a terrific fellow but damn it, he sounds like he’s trapped his nuts in a car door).

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Tempting Rosie served up another delicious portion of reggae‘n’ska ending their set with the classic Monkey Man which even got me dancing. Not something you’re likely to see very often these days.

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Expect an essential new EP from them very soon. How do you follow that? In line with the Shuffle’s philosophy of mixing things up the legendary Paul Murphy (possibly one of the nicest and most interesting chaps you’d ever hope to meet) kept me pretty much entranced with a mix of songs and poems including my all time personal favourite Shoplifters Talking Blues.

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Paul Murphy

Today’s fascinating fact… did you know that Murph hung around with Lemmy from Motorhead back in the 60s? Nope, me neither. Happily he’s in the process of writing his autobiography (along with several other fascinating projects). Trust me, that’s one book you’re going to want to read. All too soon (tempus fugit) Gucci Pimp rocked things to a close delivering some impressive speaker shredding riffs as the crowd polished off the remains of their picnics.

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Compere for the day the irrepressible Gavin Young did a top notch job of introducing the bands and DJ Craig (in da park) somehow resisted the temptation of hardcore techno to deliver some suitably summery tunes in between the sets.

Huge thanks to the stallholders, Musoplex for the loan of the sound equipment, all who came along and threw some money in the buckets (including a distinctly chilled out Stuart Maconie from 6 Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie show) and our chums at the best Fish and Chip restaurant in the universe, Chamberlains, who sponsored the event. Without the generous support of all of the above and, of course, then bands themselves these events simply wouldn’t exist. We’ll be back…

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