This years Stone Music Festival brought people from all over the town in to the High Street to make the most of the summer sun
For the second year running, Stone Town Council’s free Music Festival pulled in bumper crows on Saturday 8th July.
With a fabulous range of music, great weather and a large crowd there was a real party atmosphere to the Market Square in Stone.
Empire Hire and Hazzard promotions provided the staging and sound system for the festival, this really helped deliver some fantastically sounding musical performances.
Stone Radio, hot from their first live broadcast, took on the role of compere’s for the event. They kept the crowd entertained and helped bridge the gap between the various performances.
During the daytime there was a special Young Musicians Showcase, including a contribution from Christ Church Academy and an array of talent from the ages of 11 -16 years from the Stone based Young Musicians Collective, who played a mixture of original songs and covers including some classical guitar. It was great to see that the future of live music is flourishing in Stone and we wish the young performers all the best as their careers develop. You can catch a regular showcase at Costa on the first Sunday of the month, from 3.30pm. The showcase is hosted by Ben Owen and Tony Hollinshead of the Young Musicians Collective.
Early evening saw performances from Ben Owen, Benton Bridge and the Ukunauts plus two performances from the Tucano Samba Band who really got the mums and young children swaying to their Latin rhythms.
The evening finished with performances from two of Stone’s favourite bands Murphys Marbles and The Vanz, both of whom always deliver high quality, crowd pleasing performances. The event was closed by the Town Mayor, Councillor Jim Davies.
Councillor Jill Hood, Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Tourism and Town Promotion Sub-Committee said:
“I would like to thank everyone who supported the Town Council in making the day such a success, particularly local musician and writer Tony Hollinshead. My thanks also go to Stone Radio, who provided continuity for the event, and, of course, to the wonderful people of Stone, who once again turned out in support and provided such a happy and friendly atmosphere throughout the whole day. The Council have already started talking about next year’s music festival, so pencil 14th July 2018 in your diary now.”