Woodseats Live proves to be a great success on it’s debut

Many people left their homes on the weekend to enjoy the music festival, Woodseats Live as it proved itself to be a booming success.

On Saturday over 60 unsigned artists, comedians and poets from a range of different genres performed at Woodseats Live from early in the afternoon to late in the evening. 

These included the likes of Julian Jones, Sam Scherdel and Treebeard.

Treebeard performed at The Abbey pub.

Their Pink Floyd inspired guitarist Rob Lowdon said after their performance: “It was absolutely great, absolutely packed, everybody was up for a dance.” 

Artists took over shops as well as bars for the performances with acts taking to the stage in other venues including Green King pub The Big Tree and trainer restoration shop Glistening Kicks.

All the venues were filled with people coming from all over the area to experience the live music.

Paul Hallam, 55 years old from Bamford said: “Everywhere we walk it’s ten deep at the bar.” 

It was an opportunity for friends and family of all ages to come together and enjoy the music.

Organisers of Woodseats Live emphasised the importance of using the event to support the community.

Writing on Facebook they said: ”Support the venues by buying drinks, support the artists by giving to the donation pots and support this wonderful city of ours.” 

Ben Brewster, from Gleadless, a researcher at the University of Nottingham said: “It reminds people there’s lots of nice bars around here, you don’t need to go into town or down to Kelham Island when there’s stuff in the local area.”

AA Record Fairs also benefited as a result of the event as they sold vinyls in a marquee outside of The Big Tree.

Woodseats live was organised by Ciaron Elm, an artist in his own right who also performed at Glistening Kicks. 

He posted on Facebook before the event to thank sponsors Finale Music School, Finale Guitar and Turner Guitars for making Woodseats Live possible. 

Written by John Cresswell

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