Monday, 14 August 2017

Lakefest 2017

Children's Entertainment at Lakefest
Children's Entertainment at Lakefest 

Lakefest is the UK's fastest growing music festival.  In its new location at Eastnor Castle in Ledbury for the second year, lakefest is attracting more and more revellers, with headliners Imelda May, Feeder and the Charlatans among the acts performing.

Around 8,000 tickets have sold for the festival at Eastnor Deer Park, which is in its sixth year.

BBC  Hereford and Worcester had its own stage run by Introducing presenter, Andrew Marsden.  The stage showcased new and unsigned bands from across  Herefordshire and Worcestershire, hosting three days of live music. 

Here is a program of when some of the bands that were recorded will be aired.

Quote: Andrew Marston, BBC Music Introducing
“One of the most exciting bands in the Midlands right now who steal the show with their live performances.”
“Powerful and exciting tracks delivered with a class-A stage performance.”
“Stunning electronica from one of Herefordshire’s most prolific producers.”
Devon Mayson
“Beautiful songs from an artist who’s been our BBC Introducing Track of the Week on so many occasions.”
Nuns Of The Tundra
“A powerhouse of rock who blew the tent poles off our BBC Introducing tent at 


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Saturday, 25 February 2017

BBC Humberside - Capital of Culture 2017

BBC Humbersdie's bus at burton constable hall
BBC Humberside's bus at burton constable hall

2017 is a big year for Hull and everyone involved in the City.

For the whole year, the city is the UK City of Culture.

BBC Humberside wanted to refelt this right but not forget about the rest of the editorial area. (East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North-East Lincolnshire)

To that end, the former BBC Somerset bus has been reconditioned and sent north.

From January to December 2017 the new BBC Humberside bus with travel around the region.

They will be broadcasting the Phil White show (12 noon to 2.30pm) each day, Monday to Friday.
From Bridlington to Cleethorpes, Grimsby to Goole, the bus will broadcast across the patch not only making sure that the events of the City of Cutler are covered but also the areas outside the city don't feel like the BBC is missing them out.

I was drafted in to drive the bus, as the two members of BBC staff hadn't passed their driving test and also to help set up the broadcast side of the bus.

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Monday, 30 January 2017

10 Years of No Supper Casino in Blackpool

Mike Steves talking about investment in the seaside town.
It was going to the making of the town.  The once busy seaside town of Blackpool was looking forward to the high life once again. 

Blackpool's popularity came in the Victoria era and has suffered a slow and steady downturn in the latter half of last Century.

But the problems were all going to be solved on turn on a card.   Blackpool was to become "The Las Vagas of the North" or so we were told.

The town council put all its eggs in one basket and bid to host the Uk's first  Super Casino.

There really wasn't a plan B for Blackpool.  It was this or nothing for the town.

Then on the 30th of January 2007 came the news that seemed to put the final nail in the coffin of Blackpool, Manchester was to host the Super Casino, not the seaside town.
The news was hard to take for the Fylde Coast.

How would Blackpool survive this?  

10 year to the day that the news broke, BBC Radio Lancashire spent the whole day on the Prom looking at what has happened since the decision.

A super casino never did come to the Fylde but the town has been on something of a journey.  To stand on the seafront now and look back over the 10 years you would see 1000's of pounds of investment.

Blackpool's Comedy Carpet
The investment that saw a new look Prom, new trams and new tram stops.  The money brought in new investors like Merlin who own the Town as well as other attractions in the town.

It also made new attractions like the Comedy Carpet where BBC Radio Lancashire spent the day.

All in all the fact that Blackpool didn't get the super Casino could have been the making of the town.   We will never know but Plan B, the plan that we didn't have, has worked for Blackpool.  Manchester never did get a Super Casino either.

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