The team responsible for Moseley Folk Festival and mostly jazz, funk and soul, has created the Lunar Festival. Held at the Umberslade Estate in Tanworth, Arden, it returned from 6 to 8th of June, with many concerts and other familiar-friendly activities in pursue of entertaining all the festival-goers.
The Lunar Fest is a gathering of people animated about music. But that is far from being the only trait to attract crowds to the Arden-located event. Among a full programme of concerts given by a wide-range list of artists, there are a bunch of activities that will most likely brighten anybody’s day.
Once again, this year’s edition was filled with gifted, inspired and transpired shows at the Main Stage, the Northern Sky Stage and, of course, at the mad Clubnights’ space. On the first day of this musical rendezvous, the main stage had the privilege of showing off many talents including indie Brighton’s act British Sea Power, a taste of thelead singer of British alternative rock band The Charlatans, Tim Burgess in his solo project and the psychedelic rock vibe of Toy. Clubnights was on command of Silver Dollar Soundsystem feat Don Letts and This Is Tmrw alongside DJ Food, Al Lover & This Is Tmrw DJ’s. Also on the first day of the festivities, The Northern Sky Stage was illuminated with flashy, brilliant performances of singer-songwriter Micky Greaney, declaredly one of ‘Ten Artists to Watch’ by the Huffington Post Josh Savage, and Vancouver’s solo acoustic guitarist Simon Fox.
Phew! It is tiring just to enumerate the multitude of musicians who were there, just on the first day of the Lunar Festival. But the party went on for two more days. Names like Donovan, Temples, Goodnight Lenin, The Terrapins, Lanterns On The Lake, The Blyth Herald and The Magic Band were some of the entertainers for the rest of the memorable days. The Polyphonic Spree was the major highlight of Lunar fest’s last day. The choral rock band gave a very praised gig where it made use of the diversity of instruments in its’ band composition. Trumpet, flute, French horn, trombone, violin, cello, piano, guitars, every instrument and voice made this concert the perfect acquisition to say goodbye to the most recent chapter of Lunar’s story.
Impossible to forget are also the efforts of Lunar’s team that prepared a countless collection of activities to fill the other portion of its visitors days. Sessions such as Cigar Box Guitars – learn to play with Chickenbone John, African workshops – stories, drumming and dancing and daily yoga sessions were a few of the amusements of the event.