By Alan Davies
Friday, August 23, 2013
THE 2013 Hertford Music Festival reaches its climax over the August Bank Holiday with a series of concerts in and around the county town.
ROLL up, roll up for a magical musical mystery tour. Step right this way!
Now in its 19th year, the Hertford Music Festival is an annual celebration of local live music and includes a wide variety of genres, from classical, choral and jazz through to rock, folk and world music.
Saturday sees Dogfest take place at The Greyhound pub in Bengeo.
That is followed by the Musical Mystery Tour around Hertford on Sunday, and then Rockin’ The Car Park at the Farmer’s Boy in Brickendon on August Bank Holiday Monday.
This year’s Musical Mystery Tour is sponsored by Rigsby’s and music can be heard at various venues across Hertford from lunchtime to bedtime, both indoors and out.
Rock and stroll round town, taking in music of all kinds from jazz and classical to rock, pop, reggae, hip hop and much more.
Last year more than 400 musicians took part in the town’s hugely popular music frenzy, with some 30 venues simultaneously taking part in the one-day tour.
Music director Kev Saunders is hoping to showcase even more local talent this year, with the help of the festival’s sponsors, old and new.
Kev said: “I’m delighted to announce that Nigel Grint at Rigsby’s Piano Bar and Guest House in St Andrew Street, who will be taking part in the festival in a big way, is once again the headline sponsor for the Musical Mystery Tour and I and all the team are looking forward to working with Nigel and the Rigsby’s team again to make this year the festival’s best ever.”
The tour is a perfect opportunity to drop into some great Hertford pubs, clubs and venues and experience live music – almost all of it for free.
Festival-goers should look out for banners around the town, with confirmed venues for this year’s tour including Deco, Hertford Museum, Rigsby’s, The Dog & Whistle, Hertford House Hotel, The Barge, The Black Horse, The Blackbirds, The Corn Exchange, The Duncombe, The Hertford Club, The Lord Haig, The Ram, The Salisbury Arms, The Saracen’s, The Six Templars, The Stonehouse, The White Hart, The White Horse, The White Lion and The Woolpack.
Among the artists set to appear during the course of the day, at various venues, are Alan Green, Burelle & The Smoking Guns, Bad Harry, Desert Penguins, Fraser Mackenzie, Lucy Black, Luke Silver, Los Chicos Muertos, Marching Donald, Natasha Page, Red Town, Replik8ers, Schrodinger’s Strings, Snake Oil Blues Band, Stolen Horse, The Ghost Of Samantha, The Hertford Allstars, The Huxleys, The Restless Men, The Rivals, The Trees, Token Female, Twirling Canes, Wasted Rhymes and Zoe Phillips.
That feast of music follows Dogfest the previous day in Bengeo.
The line-up on the main stage will see Arup & Jake, Nick & The Sun Machine, Schrodinger’s Strings and Hoodoo Fish perform throughout the afternoon. Los Ladrones De Amor and Sofasonic will round off the night’s music.
There will also be performances from Kelvin Fuhr, Chloe Turner, Work In Progress, Tom Dibb, Mike Excell and Lester Rouge on the acoustic stage.
As well as live music from 1.15pm to 10pm, there will also be a bouncy castle, face painting and a hog roast.
August Bank Holiday Monday’s Rockin’ The Car Park will bring the 2013 Hertford Musical Festival to a close, with music playing from 1pm.
Situated four miles to the south of Hertford town centre, The Farmer’s Boy in Brickendon will host the likes of Suspended On Full Pay, Red Town, The Mayor of Albuquerque, Rob Clydesdale, The Palm Tree Club, The Rivals, The Huxleys and Wookie.