BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Blog #2


Me again, eh?! So since the last post I’ve been doing lots! The Windmill Hill City Farm Spring Festival was a hit; we had loads of amazing upcoming bands play, both from NGT and BIMM, and topped it off by being a lovely sunny day! There was also Dot 2 Dot Festival – an all day festival with loads of Bristol venues involved and some really amazing acts played. I caught Beyond Rivers, Aztecs, Yes Rebels and Idles. I got to interview those guys for BBC Introducing in the West and was featured on the show a few weeks ago. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see any more acts that day as I fell down some stairs and spent the rest of my night in A&E – turns out I’ve fractured my foot and am on crutches for about 6 weeks. Waaaaah!

Anyway, the show must go on and it hasn’t stopped me from doing that much! June arrived and I was stage managing for the 35th anniversary event for St Peter’s Hospice. It was a really good day, the acts were brilliant, it was really heartfelt and full of emotion too. It was just so lovely to have been part of something that does such good and it was a really lovely event. On the 13th June I took over a Brisfest fundraiser where Beyond Rivers/The Cadbury Sisters and Locks played. They all smashed it! Raised over £100 for Brisfest and it was such a good night! Patted myself on the back for that one… Talkin’ of Brisfest if you haven’t heard about the first release of the line up, where have you been?! Take a look at the pics below for the first release flyer – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed… Oh and while you’re there buy a ticket?! Remix and NGT will be there with our very own stage featuring delightful acts such as Young Kato as well as a whole load of upcoming emerging Bristol artists! Oh festivals… We all love festivals, right? Well, I do! NGT are also taking a few Bristol artists to Greenman festival. These include Towers, Casimir, Ayre Point, Evil Twin and Aztecs. Can’t wait for that!

A couple o’ weeks ago The Voice live semi finals was on the telly box and I mention this because the BBC Performing Arts Fund is funded by people ringing up to vote! It was really lovely to see quite a big plug on the show because it’s BBC1 and national and very exciting! When I went to Manchester in April to meet the other fellows it was good to find out about how the fund is going to help them like it’s helping me! Such an awesome opportunity to be doing what I love doing!

So that’s me for now then, sorting out all this festival lark as well as looking to do some exciting gigs in the new year as part of a series and being involved in some big shows coming up at the Hall. Exciting!

‘Til next time, Abi. X