Festival NOT in the Park
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In the Comfort of Your Home
The finale to Bushey Festival 2020 will be our Festival NOT In The Park on Sunday 5th July, kicking off at 4.00pm. This is a family fun event that everyone can enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.
There will be lots happening. Many of the Festival regulars, and some new to the festival, have recorded songs for us in their temporary studios. So, get the BBQ going, fill your glasses, and enjoy.
So, let’s get started…
First some photo highlights from last years festival.
Now an introduction from your Festival Hosts, Liz and Louise.
The London Bonnevilles are great friends of Bushey Festival and they always go down a storm with the crowd at Fesitval In The Park. Thanks guys for this fantastic video contribution to get the party going here at Festival Not In The Park. Anyone fancy a trip to the seaside?
Bushey Ukes were due to make their debut on our third stage this year. They are as the name suggests, a local Bushey group who get together weekly to play ukele! Here is a video of them pre-lockdown
Members of Jukebox have become regulars at our Music club nights, entertaining us with their take on classic songs. The full band were due to play our third stage this year – here’s what they would have sounded like!
Helen is a vintage style singer specialising in hits from the 40’s and 50’s. She has appeared at our 2019 Rocking in the Park and the 2020 Bushey crawl. During lockdown Helen performed a live show for Camberley Theatre’s VE Day celebratiions. This is an excerpt from that show.
The St Albans Purple All Stars were formed in 2011. They are a group of people with learning disabilities who deliver health promotion messages using creative arts. The Purple All Stars have performed at many events through out the years across the county and beyond. These have included Hertfordshire County Show, public health events and Christmas lights switch on’s and were due to perform on our Marquee stage this year. Their work on promoting reasonable adjustments for people with learning disability has lead to the development of videos on social distancing and the importance of correct handwashing to prevent the spread of infections and flu that we are delighted to show you today!
Introducing the beautiful voice of Bushey singer Tali Esme. Tali is in her second year at Arts University Bournemouth, studying Makeup for Media and Performance. She’s been singing since she was a was a child doing shows at school and drama groups and got her diploma in musical theatre singing a couple years back. Talis tells us “I just sing mostly in my spare time at uni but would love to get performing more!”
MC2 are 2 brothers who have been entertaining us with their upbeat take on rock and pop classics. They have played at the Music Club and most memorably in the smallest space in the smallest pub on the Bushey Crawl, The Swan. Always entertaining, here’s what they have been doing in lockdown
The Streamline 55s were due to headline this year’s Rockin’ in the Park, The Streamline 55s are an energetic five piece band based in and around Hertfordshire. They take a sprinkle of Rhythm and Blues, slice of Surf music, dollop of Country, and a great big helping of old fashioned Rock and Roll, mixing the lot and heating it up!
The Academy Watford was established in 2015 by West End performer, Sara Bispham. Having grown up in Bushey, Sara wanted to create a professional Performing Arts school in her hometown, hoping to inspire the next generation of performers. The Academy offers classes in Drama, Screen Acting, Singing and Dance for 4-18 year olds every Saturday at The Bushey Arena.
There will now be a Two Minute Clap for All Carers.
The Watford Rock Choir with their version of Something Inside So Strong.
After years of playing guitar alongside some great singers both live and in the studio, a continuing passion for Americana, blues and country songwriting led Keith to step up to the vocal mic to perform his own songs on acoustic and lap steel guitars. Here he is at the 2018 festival singing a song dedicated to our very own Louise.
Tali again. This time with her version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
The Purple All Stars again. This time explaining Social Dis Dancing.
Local duet Heath (Named after guess where?) have played in most of the pubs in the area with their local, the Three Crowns being a firm favourite. In 2020 they were due to play the main stage at the Festival for the first time however I’m sure they’ll be back gigging soon!
The Streamline 55s again, performing here at the Ampthill Beer Fest.
MC2 again with I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker. (I wish I was still young enough to be a Punk Rocker.
one of the UK’s top rockabilly bands with a sup-charged, high-octane show that covers songs by The Stray Cats as well as 50’s rockers like Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis. They even apply their own unique rockabilly sound to T.Rex, The Rolling Stones, Billy Idol and many others. They were a big hit at our Saturday night ‘Rockin The Park’ last year. Thanks for this special video guys!
Four second-generation Irish lads got together in 1996 to form Missing The Ferry. Citing influences as diverse as Irish country legend Brendan Shine, The Pogues, The Stone Roses and many others in between their mission is to get people dancing and thinking! They are now Festival Favourites and were due to play in our Marquee tonight.
That’s all for now folks. Hope to see you all again soon.