Music – Music – Music – Stone’s 2nd Music Festival draws the crowds

Tony Hollinshead (left) with Ben Owen (right)

Stone Town Council’s free Music Festival returned for a second year on Saturday 8th July. A fabulous range of music, great weather and a large crowd delivered a real party atmosphere to the Market Square in Stone.

Music festivals are always about the performers, although they are only as good as the stage and sound which can make or break these events.

The Ukonauts – Stone’s ukulele band.

The impressive stage and quality sound was again delivered to a high level of professionalism this year by Empire Hire and Hazzard promotions respectively. The daytime saw a Young Musicians Showcase, including a contribution from Christ Church Academy, and array of talent from the ages of 11 -16 years from the Stone based Young Musicians Collective, who played a mixture of original songs and covers including some classical guitar.

Wonderful to see that the future of live music is safe and that Stone is making a major contribution.

Stone Town Mayor Jim Davies with Princess Cleopatra the dog who’s owner is touring the country raising funds for the Dogs Trust

You can catch a regular showcase at Costa on the first Sunday of the month from 3.30pm, hosted by Ben Owen and Tony Hollinshead of the Young Musicians Collective.

Early evening saw performances from Ben Owen, Benton Bridge and the Ukunauts plus two performances from the Tucano Samba Band who really got the mums and young children swaying to their Latin rhythms. The evening finished with performances from two of Stone’s favourite bands Murphys Marbles and The Vanz, both of whom always deliver high quality, crowd pleasing performances.

Crowdpleasers Murphys Marbles

The event was organised by Stone Town Council with support from local musician and writer Tony Hollinshead and they are already talking about next year’s music festival so you’d better pencil 14th July 2018 in your diary. After a great day had by all the event closed by the Stone Town Mayor, Cllr. Jim Davies.

The Samba Band who entertained the crowd, a particular favourite of the children