When : 27th May 2012
Who : Just Me
Where : Bourton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire,
Map used : 1:25,000 Explorer Map No. 222 Rugby and Daventry
Grid Ref. : SP43,70
This is a follow on from my previous diary describing a walk from Cawston to the festival via the old Rugby to Leamington railway line (known as the Lias Line) and this is really just to finish off the day’s trip out and give a belated plug to the charity event … who knows once published on the world wide web, it might help a few people find next year’s event.
The main reason for going was as a field trip organised as part of a beginner’s photography course and this was supposed to test and improve our taking images of people, either taken candidly or by approaching someone and asking if we could take a portrait. I must admit to doing the candid shots, but being a little too shy to approach staff + festival goers directly … you might say that was a bit cowardly but it’s not easy going up to total strangers and sticking a camera lens in their faces. Well, I hope you like some of my pic’s … there’s some more you can go see on my flickr photostream.
Anyway, here’s some words about the festival itself …. the “blurb” below is kind of reworded from The Bourton Festival facebook site, sort of précised down for my diary after the event … so I can’t really claim much credit for most of the words, just the order they appear in and a bit of changing the tenses around.
Face book page : http://www.facebook.com/events/209555002475168/
The day-long event (10am to 7pm) was run on behalf of Southam 2000 Rotary Club, in conjunction with The Vault nightclub in Rugby along with a bunch of other sponsors including Flipside recording studios in Coventry. The event was completely the work of volunteers and those contributing their services and time in aid of a worthy cause. The entrance costs were £4.00 including parking and under10s were free.
The festival was in aid of Rotary International’s END POLIO NOW and raised money for some of the best causes around whilst celebrating some of the best live music talent in The Midlands. One of the other charities there was SHELTERBOX which is a fantastic charity supplying practical aid into disaster areas. In my mind not well enough known – Go see what they do – and donate if you think you like their form of relief.
Also showcased were local arts and crafts and there was a classic car rally (my fave’s being the line of Triumph Stags, a Triumph Gloria, a Doretti and a Morgan). There were also stalls with home cooked food and cakes, and other stuff – including a bar (that actually ran out of beer at one point!).
So, all in all, there were a wide variety of people coming together (Rock Bands and their fans, Staff, Photographers, Rotary Members, Families, etc.,) for a day of what the organisers hoped would be a joyous day of sunshine and fun! …. and looking back from a very wet November evening, it turned out to be one of the hottest and sunniest days of the year – One of the few days where you could get sun burnt (if you wanted to) – The festival got very-very lucky.
There were three music stages :-
THE VAULT MAIN STAGE :
On the lawn in front of the manor house showcasing the best live bands all day : Sponsored by Rugby’s Vault nightclub / live music venue … They claim it’s the best, but I can’t comment as I’ve never been there!.
THE FLIPSIDE STAGE :
On the back lawn of the house, hosting new and exciting alternative acts good enough to rival those playing the main stage : Sponsored by the recording studio FLIPSIDE … They claim it’s the premier studio in Coventry, but I can’t comment as I’ve never used it.
THE ACOUSTIC VILLAGE :
In an intimate little copse around the back of the house, this was a completely acoustic stage … Why it was called a village, I’ve no idea as it was just a small tent and some open air seating, so village was a complete misnomer.
Well that’s about it really. I hope you enjoyed my scribblings and pic’s ….
If you’d like to comment on my diary or any of my pic’s please feel welcome. I’d love to hear from you.