The sun shone, the festival site was bursting with musical talent, and our audience basked in rays of sound and light. But you had to be there….and you probably were!
The line-up was as terrific and varied as ever. New talent mingled with old hands, and the list of musical genres continued to grow. Our artistes came from all over the UK and beyond.
The Drum and Didge workshops (thanks to Drums for Schools and Tony Morris) were well under way and already proving a very popular and early success as festival goers continued to arrive. The Courtyard Stage flashed with the glint of sun on metal as The Shore Tar Rappers wielded their swords as they danced. Silencer opened The Marquee Stage and the day had begun in good style already demonstrating the varied mix of music that would continue throughout the day.
The Curvy Love Dogz opened on The Courtyard Stage and set the scene for a lot of great sounds to come. Following them throughout the day were Touchstone, Steve McDaniel Project, Spikedrivers, Great Pig in the Sky, Bleeding Hearts, Meltbak and Del Bromham’s Stray until festival host band Togmor closed the show and The Courtyard Stage at the end of the day.
Daniel Rachel demonstrated his exceptional talents as opener on The Cruck Barn Stage and was followed by a line-up of equally superb and varied talent that included The Beathovens, Lu Cozma with Steve Askew, Simon Hopper band, MyPilot, John Howarth Band, Zoox; finally ending in similar style with Poppyseed.
On The Marquee Stage, now buzzing thanks to Silencer’s lively opening, came a diverse line-up including Left Hand Driv, The Bullfrogs, Tokyo Dawns, Genghis Brothers, Dyframix and The Zig Duo. Also billed, but sadly missing due to a visa issue, were The Mansek Collective from Ghana. We approached the brilliant Fozz who (fortunately!) were available – they performed a stunning set at very short notice.
Also unexpectedly absent were The Blackrose Project whose vehicle was unfortunately involved in an accident on their way from the Midlands. Thankfully, the talented Andy Powell was spotted in the crowd and, in true ‘show must go on’ style, gave a fabulous surprise performance.
The Acoustic Café opened with a great start from Tuck, and throughout the day saw performances from Caliko, Emily Haig, MKMS String Quartet, James McArthur, Bernard Hoskin, Stuart O’Connor and Christian Bell-Young.
There was a free entry prize draw open to all our festival goers with prizes of a keyboard (kindly donated by SigNet Music) and a guitar (courtesy of Talkin’ Headz and Yamaha).
Amongst our audience were a producer from the BBC and a photographer from Rolling Stone magazine (Australia). Who did they have their eyes on?
And the best weather forecaster on TV, Clare Nasir, had given Togfest a lovely mention on GMTV the day before!