Event Review: Bede’s Fest 2014

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On the beautiful summer afternoon of Saturday 21 June Bede's was once again alive with music for the much anticipated Bede's Fest.

After the previous year's Bede's Fest was cancelled due to bad weather, everyone was hoping the skies stayed dry and sunny, and they did.

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With so many outstanding musicians, bands and singer-songwriters, this year promised to be the best yet and didn't disappoint; the Park was transformed into a festival arena, artists took to the stage, guests unraveled their picnic blankets and the BBQ was fired up as four hours of non-stop live music played out.

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To open the afternoon, four L6 students, Dulcie Calvert-Verbruggen, Martha Reynolds, Dan Grimston and Tom Davies performed their version of 'Tesselate' by Alt J; the subtle harmonies and folk-like qualities matched the setting perfectly and gave the guests an appetite for what was about to follow.

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Over 50 students performed a selection of originals and covers, including songs by Johnny Flynn, Paulo Nutini, The Staves, Bob Marley and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  

Four wonderful hours of music from acoustic solos, folk duets, and close-harmony trios continued to entertain the large audience.

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The sounds of the L6 band performing 'Jammin' brought the audience to their feet, whilst the chilled out tune of 'Gone tomorrow' by the Staves, sung by Alice Potter, Hannah Roberts and Mathilda Homer, befitted the warm afternoon sun.

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The U6 band brought the event to a close in true style, and Bede's shall never forget Ed Stokes' original 'Take it or Leave it'.

The students performed to a very high standard from start to finish, demonstrating confidence, artistic finesse and wonderful skill; all had an utterly enjoyable afternoon.

It was a truly perfect end to an exciting year in Bede's Music!

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