The results are in, and we have a winner! The judges chose Sawsound to play in the band tent on Saturday, citing their innovative spirit, so well done to them.
All the other acts were great, and I had a good time meeting them. I was really impressed with the willingness of the acts to lend each other some kit. Sawsound loaned some guitar cables, 3 Man Bench brought a mixing desk, and I got a phone call about microphone cables just as I was leaving my flat. That's the Unity Day spirit.
(Saving Time didn't turn up to play. Saved about 40 minutes, that did.)
There wasn't any mystery guest, contrary to what the flyer said. (Unless you count me, which I'm not.)
I got in touch with the Ladybirds, and managed to borrow this fabulous stripy tailcoat from the secret circus costume den. It was a lot of fun to wear - just look at those cuffs! They're big enough to hide pigeons in!
(Sorry about the mincing. Couldn't be helped.)
Just one week to go until Unity Day... I'm starting to get very excited.
I've been roped in as compère for the Unity Day "Battle of the Bands" this Sunday. Come along to the last fundraiser before the big day...
TJ's Woodhouse Club, Woodhouse Street, Leeds. Starts 7pm till late. 4 quid on the door, all proceeds go towards Hyde Park Unity Day.
The winning fish (as judged by the Unity Day management committee) gets to play the one remaining slot on the Chemic Tavern's Beer and Band Taverna stage. Taking part are:
Most of them have web-sites with audio, so I'll give them all a good listen. I like to get the feel of all the acts, so I can get the crowd on their side.
Hope to see you there!