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Comedy Night Tickets Now Available Online!

Following the huge success of Sean Lock at The Savoy Theatre we’ve decided to make it easier for you to enjoy the comedy genius of Alistair McGowan and Phill Jupitus by selling tickets online!

Alistair McGowan brings ‘Not Just a Pretty Voice’ to the Savoy on Saturday 27th April and Phill Jupitus brings ‘You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here…’ to the Savoy on Friday 10th May.

Tickets for both nights are £15 and available from TicketSource.

For Alistair McGowan tickets follow: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/61403
For Phill Jupitus tickets follow: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/61405

Profits from both nights will support Monmouth Festival.

Sean Lock, Alistair McGowan & Phill Jupitus @ The Savoy

ImageFollowing the success of the Michael McIntyre show earlier this year, we’re excited to announce we’re once again bringing top comedy to Monmouth, with any profits going to the Festival. Hit comedians Sean Lock (Sat 9 March), Alistair McGowan (Sat 27 April) and Phill Jupitus (Fri 10 May), will appear at the Savoy Theatre Monmouth, next Spring, and tickets will go on sale at the theatre on Saturday 2 February, from 9am.

Tickets priced £17.50 (Sean Lock),  £15 (Alistair McGowan), and £15 (Phil Jupitus), will be on sale for one day only, to personal callers at the Savoy Theatre, Church Street, Monmouth, from 9am on Saturday 2 February. CASH ONLY, no cheques or credit cards.

We’ve organised these gigs to help raise essential funds for the Festival. Have a laugh and help the Fest ;0)

A view from the Shoes – Bryn’s blog day 3

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Thanks to Steve Mitchell for the professional photos, and Bryn Williams, MC/compere, for the iphone pics. Check out Bryn’s videos at the end of the blog too.

“I’m in love with a Morris Dancer” … If anyone that was at The Fringe Stage at The Three Horse Shoes says they haven’t sung that in their head today, if not out loud; we think they’re fibbing !!

We started the night with Martin Vogwell giving a virtuouso performance. It’s an over-used phrase these days, but the only one that will do here is “Awesome”.  He brought   traditional songs to life with a modern day twist, giving anyone who wasn’t sure about Folk music a serious change of mind. We were delighted to have Emma Vogwell joining him on a few numbers with some lovely harmonies which was a real treat! – thank you Emma. Whether it was a treat for our audience or not isn’t for me to judge, but I was delighted Martin asked yours truly to join him on one of his own songs that we have performed a few times together in that past. For me at least, one of the festival highlights – thank you Martin.

Having had outstanding Folk Music grace the stage, “Folk-Comedy” took over in the form of the one and only Folk On!!  Anyone who knows me will tell you I am never lost for words….until now!!  Listening to, literally, everyone in The Three Horse Shoes singing “I’m in love with a Morris Dancer” and joining in with gusto to the “Ernie, my pet slug” song, has gone way beyond one of my best festival moments and made it into the “as long as I live I’ll never forget that” category. I bet you there are plenty of people there that will say the same. We sang, we laughed, we laughed some more until we cried, we were absolutely rammed to capacity. We know it was so busy some people couldn’t get in – for which we can only apologise but who was to know that “Folk-On” was the new rock and roll. Thank you Folk-On for giving us, as predicated, an “I was there when…” Monmouth Festival moment.

Did you know by the way, that we at The Three Horse Shoes have the only fairy lighted bucket in the festival?? We spare no expense you know 😉  Sooooo….we hope you won’t when we ask you to please give generously to help fund these amazing acts.

Talking of amazing, tonight (Thursday) is one we have been looking forward to as a number of venues and festival have been amazed by George Montague who is with us for the second half of our evening. His piano driven trio are set for huge success in the future and I have a feeling we will one day be especially pleased to say we had George Montague play Monmouth Festival.
Sadly the opening act as billed for this evening, Sam Eden, is really unwell with practically no voice to talk let alone sing. We wish him all the best with his recovery but unfortunately he won’t be with us. Now, it’s always tough programming the stages, we started many months ago. (Another reason we hope you might recognise the time and effort put in by buying T-shirts, wrist bands, and filling the bucket!) Lots of difficult choices are made and deciding on tonight’s replacement act was one of them. Having been asked by so many to see Harry Jones again, who played at The Green Dragon the other day, we have decided to re-bill Harry at The Three Horse Shoes tonight. This time you can expect his set to give the opportunity for more of his self-penned work and we hope this will give him a chance to show a slight different side to his work that you will really enjoy.

I can’t wait to see these acts and once again we are delighted to have such great musicians with us. I hope you will join us, support us, and have another cracking night at The Monmouth Festival Fringe Stage at The Three Horse Shoes tonight! ……..

…….Oh, and in the meantime I know what you’ll be singing if you were there: Folk-On !!! 😉

What a night! Hell’s Bells & Toadstool

What a night last night was (Saturday) – as you’ll see from the pictures below, and video (see end of blog). Our compere/MC Paul Roberts (you may remember him way back from Sunshine Radio) will be blogging following each night so make sure to check in each day for the lo-down on the night’s happenings. Over to Paul …

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Photos from Paul Bond of Purabellezza Photography. See the Facebook page for more informal shots of the evening.

I love it when a plan comes together, but even more so when it doesn’t! Saturday night saw a slight change in the scheduled line up. Due to unforeseen circumstances Yes Sir Boss were unable to attend the main stage, but what the hell, Toadstool rocked the joint effortlessly with their mix of mainly self-composed tunes topped off with a few well performed covers thrown in to keep the crowd singing as well as moshing the night away.  For a last minute performance they made sure everyone in front and behind the stage was suitably hyped for the headline act.

The second night of the festival took off seamlessly where the first night finished. As with any event the normal teething problems had been ironed out in day one leaving the crew a chance to relax and enjoy the show on day two. From backstage I could tell we were in for a big night after DJ Jeff got everyone singing along to Bon Jovi in the intermission. A solid sign of a fun crowd.

if you’re an AC/DC fan and didn’t make Saturday night’s show then shame on you. Hells Bells truly owned the evening with fantastic renditions of the biggest tunes from the legendary rockers. Although I did wonder whether the lead singer had surgically removed some vocal chords to keep his voice high and tight! Certainly sounded that way, especially when he spoke for a sentence or two between songs. Either way who cares, we do what we have to do and if surgery is the answer to rocking the night away, I say so be it.

An awesome second night. Roll on Sunday for what is sure to be a truck load of swinging legs and flailing arms as we turn up the jive. Followed by a chorus of English man in New York when The Secret Police step forward.

Read Paul’s first night blog here.

Thanks to Stephen Mitchell for the video below.

Have you picked up your brochure yet?

The festival committee team. Picture – Peter and Linda Garwood.


We’ve been out and about distributing brochures all around town and beyond – look out for them and grab a copy fast, they’re going like hot cakes. If you don’t manage to get one, you can download a copy from the blog line-up page.

This year’s main stage acts include psycho-ceilidh-rockers Neck, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash, the Jon Amor Blues Group, New Amen Corner, indie hot-shots The Words from Manchester, top tribute acts The Secret Police and Hell’s Bells and local favourites including Between the Lines, The Good Times, The Ronaldos, The Bandits and The Mighty Pledge. Festival Fringe acts include hotly-touted rising stars such as Sam Eden, some of the most respected roots and blues artists in the UK including Sons of the Delta, and some very special classical concerts, one featuring the Mavron String Quartet performing a new piece of music commissioned for the Festival.

Did you know?

Donations in the bucket each night of the Festival are a massively important part of its income: without them, and without the support of local businesses through advertising and food trade stalls, the Festival simply wouldn’t survive.

The Festival has no regular statutory funding from the local authority – it isn’t ‘funded by the council’ as many community festivals are, although we’re grateful each year for support from the town council.

So this year, as always, we really want to encourage everyone to think about the value for money you’re getting (a similar night’s entertainment on the main stage could easily cost £15) and give as generously as you can – so we can put on an even bigger and better festival next year. And now you can even donate online via Paypal – see the button top right.

Carnival, carnival – and brochures out next week!

Forget Rio, New Orleans Mardi Gras, and Notting Hill … we have our very own here in Monmouth and it’s going to be amazing. Find out more about what’s in store in our latest Monmouth Festival newsletter, and don’t forget to sign up to get future copies, straight to your inbox: http://eepurl.com/nvw7X

Registration is now open for you to join in the procession – you don’t have to have a vehicle – prizes from £25 for individual walker, to £100 for the best large float! Visit http://monmouthcarnival.co.uk/entry.

In the meantime … Festival plans are coming together, only five weeks to go! Brochures will be available in shops, businesses and public places in town from next week – keep your eyes peeled and pick up your copy before they disappear! You’ll also be able to download a pdf from this website from next week.

Check out the full Festival programme and download the listings in a word document.

Monmouth – 21st century Wikipedia town


Monmouth has been featured in news coverage all over the world, as the first town to have its own Wikipedia project – documenting the life and history of our town through QR codes emblazoned across the town – and Monmouth Festival has it’s own QR code plaque (soon to be installed!) and a page on ‘Monmouthpedia’, at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monmouth_Festival

You can get involved and add your own information about the Festival too – see more information below the video.

The page is only a starting point: if you have something to add – information, a photo, or a link to other information about the festival that you’ve seen online – then you can add it yourself.

To find out more, read the online guides, go to one of the ‘How to edit Wikipedia’ sessions running in Monmouth (see local press for details) or contact project organiser John Cummings at john.cummings@monmouthpedia.org.

Next acts announced!

Jon Amor Blues Group

Jon Amor Blues Group

Can’t wait for Monmouth Festival ? Well here’s a flavour of what’s to come. We’ve just announced the next set of bands playing from Monday to Thursday. They include Radio 2 (Maida Vale session) – featured Jon Amor Blues Group and The Words, featured on Tom Robinson’s Radio 6 Introducing show. There’s also a festival first, with a piece of music specially commissioned for the Festival from Cardiff composer Peter Reynolds

See the post below this one for the acts performing on the first weekend (Fri 17th-Sun19th) – the weekend acts and fringe festival will be announced soon, watch this space or sign up for the newsletter on the front page of the Monmouth Festival main website.

The bands/musicians performing during the week are as follows:

Monday 20th August
Main/Blestium Street Stage:  Between the Lines (indie), Toadstool (heavy rock), The Words (indie).

Tuesday 21st August
Main/Blestium Street Stage: The Bandits (party band), Mighty Pledge (soul).

Wednesday 22nd August
Main/Blestium Street Stage: Chris James (country), Two Card Trick (country).

Thursday 23rd August
Main/Blestium Street Stage: Red River Blues, Jon Amor Blues Group.
St Mary’s Church: Mavron String Quartet (romantic repertoire alongside a new work written by Peter Reynolds, commissioned especially by Monmouth Festival).

First acts announced!

Hells Bells

Hells Bells

Friday 17th August
Main/Blestium Street Stage: The Good Times (pop/rock party band) and Neck (London Irish Psycho Ceilidh Rockers).
St Mary’s Church: Sarah-Ann Cromwell (classical/light music singer).

Saturday 18th August
Main/Blestium Street Stage: Yes Sir Boss (stomping, skanking, genre-defying soul/world/jazz) and Hells Bells (ACDC tribute band).
Wyastone Leys Concert Hall: Monmouth Festival Orchestra (a first performance for the Festival at this prestigious concert hall. Top players with Monmouth connections perform Dvořák and Brahms, and a new work by Chris Petrie).

Sunday 19th August
Main/Blestium Street Stage: Local rock/pop bands (afternoon); Jiveoholics (the hottest jump jive and party band in South Wales) and The Secret Police – Police tribute band (evening).

The Festival takes place this year from Friday 17th to Saturday 25th August. The bands/musicians performing during the rest of the week and final weekend, will be announced over the coming weeks.

For more news as it breaks see: www.monmouthfestival.co.uk www.facebook.com/monmouthfestival, or Twitter (@monfestiv)

IMPORTANT MESSAGE! Cash only for Michael McIntyre tickets on Saturday

Michael McIntyrePlease note: if you’re coming to the Savoy to get tickets for Michael McIntyre on Saturday, please make sure to bring CASH. We will only be accepting cash – no cards or cheques. For more information please see post below the ‘Folklaw/Festival Sessions’ post.

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