Saturday 12, July & Sunday 13, July 2014
Dear mummy, the weathers been beautiful recently! Last week we decided to visit the climax of Basingstoke Festival, Basingstoke LIVE. It marked the close of the month long festival organised by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Basingstoke LIVE is a two day music festival which takes place in the centre of Basingstoke, Hampshire at The War Memorial Park.
It showcases local acts from all different genres of music. Basingstoke LIVE has 5 stages in this massive field. Each stage has it’s own theme and plays music tailored to its audience. Over the course of the weekend Basingstoke LIVE played host to over 140 acts. My mummy’s favourite stage was ‘Amped’ which played Metal, Rock, Punk and Indie. It was very loud at this stage and there was a lot of shouting going on! Bands to highlight were Blood of The Spectre and Ded Orse. Other stages played hip-hop, folk, drum ‘n’ bass and acoustic sessions. So something for everyone!
The music festival is surrounded by market stalls, food outlets and fairground rides and if you’re not into live music then there is loads for the family to do. Daddy took me away from the Amped stage as it got a bit loud for my little eardrums and mummy sat and watched the bands while eating her chips.
Daddy took me to the Creative Stage where we entered a black marque and were plunged into darkness, it was lit with funky neon lights and had funky artwork on display. This was more like it I thought, more my ‘scene’. Outside the creative tent, festival organisers put on displays and performances and there was an opportunity for people to create they own tie-die festival t-shirts, which was a nice idea by the council.
All in all a really good FREE day out, yes they aren’t major commercial acts, but it really highlighted the amount of talented musicians we have here in Hampshire. Don’t be put off by the youthfulness of this festival, the Unplgd! Stage had some easy listening and great songwriters on show….who knows one of these acts could be on Radio One soon.
Basingstoke LIVE returns in 2015