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Headline Acts for 2022 – Press Release

Following the announcement last month that Nailsworth Festival is back in May this year, we can now provide more details of the main acts.

Brodsky Quartet (Photo: Sarah Cresswell)

We are delighted to be welcoming the Brodsky String Quartet back to Nailsworth, as part of their 50th anniversary tour. Since forming in 1972, they have retained a pre-eminent position amongst British string quartets. As well as performing around the world and earning praise for their complete cycles of quartets by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Schubert and others, they have made musical history with ground-breaking collaborations with celebrated artists from the world of rock and pop. They will be appearing on Saturday 28th May.

Ken Wood and the Mixers
Mrs Christie at her desk

On Saturday 21st May Ken Wood and The Mixers will bring their own unique blend of bold, brassy soul, stomping R&B and ludicrous on-stage antics. They will be presenting “Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul” the Mixers’ very own big stage show – a breathless musical journey to discover the roots of soul.

Liz Grand is another artist returning to the Festival, with her new one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’. In 1926, the famous author went missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance that was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed in this show!

The Festival provides an opportunity for you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club on Wednesday 25th May. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Eartha Kitt, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. Moscow Drug Club have played some great venues and festivals of note including: WOMAD, National Theatre London, International Gypsy Guitar Festival, Trowbridge Pump Festival, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and many others.

Nailsworth Festival is back in May 2022

Brodsky Quartet (Photo: Sarah Cresswell)

Last year’s Festival was postponed until August due to the Pandemic, but this year it’s back to its usual slot at the end of May. Running from 21st to 28th May the Festival returns with a very full programme of events, activities, workshops and performances.

Topping the bill, the Committee are very pleased to welcome the Brodsky String Quartet back to Nailsworth, as part of their 50th anniversary tour. Since forming in 1972, they have retained a pre-eminent position amongst British string quartets. At a different end of the musical scale, Ken Wood and The Mixers and the Moscow Drug Band Club will provide rather more outrageous musical performances. There will be drama from Liz Grand, storytelling with Chloe, talks on a range of subjects and comedy. And of course, entertainment across the town on Festival Saturday (21st May).

If you would like to become involved with the Festival or explore sponsorship options, please contact the Committee using the following email: festival@nailsworthfestival.org.uk

A full programme of activities will be published soon on our website and in future editions of Nailsworth News.

Nailsworth Festival Made a Triumphant Return in 2021

The Festival Committee decided to reschedule the 2021 Festival to 20th – 27th August. This time, the Festival really happened! It got off to a flying start with two sell-out events and a Festival Saturday that felt pretty much like normal, in spite of being a bit wet round the edges. See some pictures from Festival Saturday.

In fact fully booked events became the norm. So, a big thank you to all those who supported the Festival in this challenging year. Audiences have been amazing. As ever, on Festival Saturday (21st August) had free entertainment and market stalls in the town centre. Evening events included: US born country blues artist Michael Roach, in a rare performance with his daughter, Sadie; stand-up poet, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall; a one-woman play starring Liz Grand and new songs and jazz standards with Helen Porter.

Festival Saturday 2021

Incredibly, Festival Saturday felt pretty much like it did in ‘normal’ times. Even more incredibly, the rain was less of a problem than the forecasts had predicted. Okay, there was brief spell of very heavy rain, but even that did nor drive away the audience, some of whom continued to dance through the downpour. Performers drew comparisons with some previous Glastonbury events where adverse conditions failed to dampen the mood. The performers were glad to be performing for a live audience just as the audience were glad to be doing something that felt normal. We thank performers and audience for their determination to make the event a success. We are also grateful to the traders and charities whose stalls contributed to the festive atmosphere.

Fortunately we had a waterproof camera on hand to record events …

New Dates for 2021

The following Press Release has been prepared for the Nailsworth News:

The Festival Committee has decided to reschedule the 2021 Festival to 20th – 27th August. The reason for the change is the continuing uncertainty about what social distancing rules will be in place on the originally planned Festival dates in May. The Committee are much more confident that a full programme can be run in late August. As ever, on Festival Saturday (21st August) there will be free entertainment and market stalls in the town centre. Evening events will include: US born country blues artist Michael Roach, in a rare performance with his daughter, Sadie; stand-up poet, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall; a one-woman play starring Liz Grand and new songs and jazz standards with Helen Porter.

If you would like to become involved with the Festival please contact the Committee using the following email: festival@nailsworthfestival.org.uk

A full programme of activities will be published in future editions of Nailsworth News and on the Festival website www.nailsworthfestival.org.uk. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter. All events will comply with any social distancing rules that are still in place at the time.

Nailsworth Festival 2021

The following press release has been issued for the November Nailsworth News:

While the country is still in a very uncertain situation, the Committee iskeen to go ahead with the Festival in May 2021, subject to whatever rules and guidelines are in place at the time. Therefore, the Committee is currently planning for the Festival to commence on Friday 21st May with limited, socially distanced,audiences. So look out for news of the Festival in future editions of Nailsworth News, as the situation hopefully becomes clearer.

Nailsworth Festival held a virtual AGM on Monday 5th October.Festival Chair Mary Saunders reported on a year in which the Committee had to cancel the Festival in March because of the emergency restrictions. This proved to be absolutely the correct decision as the situation became more and more serious and we were all unable to leave our homes.

The 2020 Festival and beyond

Saturday 16th May would have marked the start of the 2020 Festival. We had a very full and exciting programme that we were looking forward to presenting. However, not all is lost, as many of the artists have agreed to rebook for 2021. We look forward to seeing everybody at the 2021 Festival, scheduled for 22nd – 29th May. It promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Tim Brooke-Taylor RIP

All at Nailsworth Festival would like to offer our sad and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tim Brooke-Taylor, whose death was announced today, April 12. We had been so looking forward to his appearance at Nailsworth Festival. All our interactions with Tim showed him to be the most lovely, entertaining and helpful of people. He will be desperately missed. Please all stay safe. 

Looking ahead …

We were all disappointed when we had to cancel the 2020 Nailsworth Festival. However, it does mean that we will have longer than usual to plan the 2021 festival and to make sure it provides a fitting community celebration once we have returned to something closer to normality. We are confident that we can do this and have been cheered by the enthusiasm of this year’s planned performers to come and contribute to our festival in 2021. The dates next year are  22nd – 29th May. In the meantime, please stay safe and stay healthy.