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Warton Music Festival

FOLLOWING a successful 2017 event, Warton Music Festival returns to North Warwickshire for 2018.

With its roots firmly grounded in the local Midlands music scene, Warton Music Festival has been delivering great line ups since 2007.

Founded by a collective of music enthusiasts, the festival has showcased some of the finest bands and solo artists over its ten year span- selling out its original venue each time.

The festival grew year upon year until finally in 2017 it was time to expand. Relocating to a new 15 acre spot at Bentley Farm, the festival evolved into a three day event with on-site camping and two stages filled with bands from across the UK.

2017 headliners included: Stone Broken – regulars on Alex Baker’s unsigned Kerrang radio show Fresh Blood, Grumble Bee- following appearances at 2000 Trees Festival and Slam Dunk, Go Primitive, Scribble Victory, Quill, and the Antarctic Monkeys, plus a whole host of local acts bringing the idyllic rural Warwickshire countryside to life. Warton Music Festival returns to Bentley Farm from 20th-22nd July 2018 with another great line-up!

Day tickets, weekend tickets and camping passes are all on sale now from www.wartonmusicfestival.co.uk  with the 2018 line-up to be announced soon.

Ticket Information

Early bird tickets now on sale

Weekend plus camping £30

Day Ticket £10

Under 14s free

Tickets available at https://www.gigantic.com/warton-music-festival-bentley-farm-2018-07-20-16-00

James Hickman touring theatre

THEATRE is continuing on tour in Tamworth, bringing a variety of professional productions to community venues across the borough.

The project – Touring Theatre – has produced a range of high-quality shows that started from April this year. All performances have been staged in familiar but unusual community locations in a bid to increase opportunities for people to experience the arts.

Live & Local – the Midlands’ Rural and Community Touring Network – will continue to work with Tamworth community groups to provide volunteers with the tools they need to bring professional touring theatre companies to the town, including booking, promoting and selling the events.

The programme has proven a great success so far this year and has included five touring productions all performed in venues such as churches, a library and the Castle Grounds bandstand, attracting new audiences. Productions have included storytelling and puppetry of ‘The Fabularium – Reynard the Fox’, a particular hit with children and Mambo Jambo a popular acoustic duo.

Touring Theatre is part of the two-year Arts in Unusual Spaces project funded in partnership with Arts Council England, Tamworth Borough Council and the local community.

It includes a number of exciting initiatives for Tamworth, designed to bring the arts to all corners of the community. More information is available at http://www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/arts-unusual-spaces.

Details of the next instalment of Touring Theatre is as follows:

Theatre Chipping Norton – Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles

Sacred Heart Church (B77 2EA): Tuesday, October 17, 7.30pm

A witty, laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle’s great detective sees Holmes stalking Jack the Ripper in the streets of London’s East End. As the evidence builds only one conclusion can be drawn – that the Ripper is actually Sherlock’s trusted partner Dr Watson. But will Holmes believe this shocking revelation? Tickets are priced at £8 adults, £6 concessions and £26 for group of 4 (standard tickets).

James Hickman and Dan Cassidy in Concert

St Francis Church (B79 8JB): Sunday, November 19, 7.30pm

A transatlantic folk and roots duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain. Dan Cassidy is an exciting and virtuosic fiddler providing the tunes and harmony singing, while James Nathan Hickman brings driving guitar playing and wonderfully unique vocals to their mixture of new and old folk music. A show bursting with humour, heartbreak and excitement. Tickets are priced at £7.50.

Noble Jacks in Concert

St Francis Church (B79 8JB): Thursday, February 8, 7.30pm

This rip-roaring alt-folk band brings warm electro-acoustic interactions to its live shows, fused together with a mixture of lively, folky foot stomping rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet up beat songs, showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem songs. Exhilarating and refreshing to hear, this band will be raising the roof in February. Tickets are priced at £7.50.

Tantz in Concert

Sacred Heart Church (B79 8JB): Friday, February 9, 7.30pm

A high spirited and original klezmer dance and gypsy style band. Offering a performance of great global music this remarkable six-piece band will bring joyous jazz infused music with an infectious vibe.  Tickets are priced at £8 adults, £6 concessions and £26 for group of 4 (standard tickets).

Tickets are available via the box office: www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings. St Francis Church Tickets: 01827 65926, available from St Francis Vicarage, Masefield Drive. Sacred Heart Church Tickets: 01827 709618, available at the Hub in the Castle Grounds.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “The Touring Theatre project is working with groups of volunteers to provide them with the skills and confidence they need to bring touring theatre productions to venues in the community on a regular basis. As well as broadening the use of community venues, this will hopefully make it even easier for people to experience and enjoy theatre and the arts.”

 

 

Monster Mash

TAMWORTH Assembly Rooms will be back ‘on tour’ this season with a number of performances being taken out into the community to ensure audiences and theatre groups continue to benefit from live entertainment during the refurbishment of the historic theatre.

Annual favourites Tamworth Voices and Tamworth Arts Club will perform in different locations as part of Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Tour, while the Corporation Street venue is extended and modernised to bring it into the 21st century.

Details of the new season of Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Tour line is as follows:

Mercian Singers Concert

The Coton Centre (B79 9AA): Saturday, October 7, 7pm

A mixed voice choir (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) based in Tamworth, formed in 2017, – having previously been known, for the past 40 years, as Tamworth Male Voice Choir.  The choir will provide an evening of popular songs joined by special guests ‘Cor Curaid’ ladies choir from Llanelli. Tickets are priced at £10.

Tamworth Arts Club – Monster Mash Up

Landau Forte Academy (B79 8AH):

Wednesday, October 25 – Saturday, October 28, 7.30pm

Tamworth Arts Club presents an original production, a deliciously dark Halloween themed compilation show – Monster Mash Up. This spooky comedy is a loose parody of the classic 1970s Scooby Doo featuring all the memorable catchphrases and cheesy plot lines from the much-loved TV series, but re-imagined for modern day Tamworth.

In keeping with the ghoulish theme, this darkly funny production includes musical theatre favourites from Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and Jekyll & Hyde, alongside pop hits such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics. The show culminates in a monstrous finale which mashes up crowd pleasers from across the decades.

Tickets are priced £12.50 adults, £10 concession. Family ticket (two adults, two concessions) £40. Buy 10 tickets and get 10% off the price.

Tamworth Voices – featuring Tamworth Wind Band

St Editha’s Church (B79 7BX): Saturday, December 2, 7pm

This popular Christmas concert returns and is guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer into the hearts of all who attend. Tamworth Voices will put a contemporary twist on the traditional choir; covering a wide range of musical styles and performing well known Christmas anthems. Tickets are priced £10 adults £8 concessions. The concert is raising funds for  MacMillan nurses.

All event tickets are available via the box office: www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk  or 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.

The Coton Centre: Katie Smith on 07585559172 or Katie-smith66@hotmail.co.uk

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “The Arts and Events team has been working hard to support local groups to find alternative venues until the new-look Assembly Rooms is ready to welcome them back.

“We want to ensure that audiences don’t miss out on seeing their favourite shows during this time. We hope that people will support and continue to enjoy these special events.”

Underpass Art

A MAJOR project to decorate two key Tamworth underpass routes with striking artwork depicting some of the town’s most iconic people, places and features, has now been completed.

The huge images adorn the walls of two of the most commonly used underpasses beneath Riverdrive Bridge in Tamworth, linking the SnowDome with Namco Funscape and the Castle Grounds with Ventura Park.

Anyone passing through the underpasses will now be met with fantastic artwork celebrating some of the town’s heritage, attractions and leisure activities.

The work has taken shape over the last three years, with previous phases of the project including the painting of famous Tamworth sports people; boxer Ryan Hatton, athlete Meghan Beesley, snowboarder Adam Gendel and footballer Marc Albrighton, as well as historical figures such as war hero Colin Grazier, former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, and iconic images such as Tamworth Castle, River Tame swans and a Reliant car.

In the latest and final phase, artists have added wonderful colourful scenes of the River Tame, Ladybridge and the Castle Grounds, including the Bandstand and a jousting scene, depicting the action of the town’s now nationally-recognised St George’s Day festival.

The underpass artwork initiative is part of the ongoing Gateways project to improve links to Tamworth town centre.

To deliver the artwork, Tamworth Borough Council teamed up with Art Recruitment Tamworth – organisers of the popular annual Urban Arts Festival which sees local artists decorating the Riverdrive underpasses with their own designs.

For the Gateways underpass project, Art Recruitment Tamworth called in local artist Simon Wingfield, together with professional artists Andrew Mills and David Nash.

In addition to the artwork, the underpasses have been cleaned, resurfaced and had new bollards installed.

Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Cook, said: “This project has involved taking everything that is loved about Tamworth and turning it into amazing artwork for all to see. The new-look underpasses are a great advertisement for what the town has to offer; both in showcasing our history and signposting the way to some of our most popular attractions.

“The images will be seen by visitors leaving the Snowdome by car and by those who may be walking between the town centre and Ventura Park. Hopefully the paintings will encourage people who don’t know Tamworth very well to explore the town further. These gateways are now attractive routes to take; the artwork is fantastic and the underpasses are much cleaner and tidier.

“My thanks go to everyone who has helped bring this fantastic project to life.”

Focus 24:

FROM over 100 images and video clips, 24 photos have now been chosen for the Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth digital art project, highlighting the beauty, the unusual and the norm of everyday life in Tamworth.

A total of 24 photographs, taken by 24 different photographers, have been chosen to represent 24 hours in the life of the town. The selected 24 photos will be displayed for 24 days this September alongside a film that depicts 24 hours of moving images in Tamworth.

The selection of images has been made by Acquismedia and the winners have been informed via social media.

The 24 winners include Vic Brown, Beverly Sallis, Warren David Gregory, Nathan Gilliver,   Kelvin Bastow, Coral Amber Catullo, Julie Grant, Kerry Farr, Pamela Rushton, Tarah Foley, Ricardo Bentes, Andy Nash, Ricky Hughes, Harry Hanslow, Roy Chambers, Thea Jane Lacey, Charles Alexander Turton, Emily Cowlishaw, Rajinder Sidhu, Lucy George, Jayne Deeley, Mark Burt, Alex Blaby, Mark Harper.

Katie Banks from Acquismedia said: “We have been overwhelmed with the amount of entries that we have received with all submissions depicting so many beautiful and unusual elements of Tamworth. The selection process was a difficult one but we hope we have brought together a collection that will showcase the talent of the residents and the area itself.

“We would like to thank everyone who got involved and submitted photograph’s, the Facebook event itself is a fantastic digital exhibition.”

The chosen photographs and the new 24 hours film will be exhibited for 24 days, starting on Saturday, September 2, when they will be put on digital display in Ankerside Shopping Centre to coincide with this year’s We Love Tamworth event.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team have been working with production company Acquismedia on the project and a number of free workshops throughout August, where participants have learnt the fundamentals of film making.

Following two filming workshops so far, the newly formed – 24 Hours film group, have developed a storyboard to structure their take on Tamworth life and set filming targets to capture moments in Tamworth alongside the public submissions on social media.

The race is now on for participants to capture their moving picture and edit a short video for Tamworth to be showcased alongside the Focus 24 Exhibition.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “What an amazing project, there is a lot to show off and be proud of in Tamworth and the photos submitted really demonstrate just how beautiful the town is.

“The resulting exhibition and film will act as an historical legacy of Tamworth at this moment in time for future generations to enjoy. It is so exciting to see so many talented and creative people involved.

“I can’t wait to see the great reveal and look forward to hearing more on the success of the workshops that are continuing till the end of August.” 

Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth is part of the Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative, which has been funded by Arts Council England and will see art in all its forms popping up in unusual spaces across Tamworth during a two-year period.

Workshops are still taking place at the Sacred Heart Church in Glascote Heath, between 6pm and 9pm for the 24 Hours film group to work with professional artists on their final edit on:

  • Thursday August 24
  • Friday August 25

No previous experience is necessary; all you need is a smart phone capable of shooting video. However, anyone who has specialist equipment is invited to bring it. Sessions will be led by professional production company Acquismedia and will include one-hour masterclasses by visiting artists.

Workshops are open to anyone living in the borough of Tamworth. For more information or to sign up please contact Katie on 07454 777090 or email katie.banks@acquismedia.com 

For more information on Arts in Unusual Spaces, please visit the Tamworth Arts & Events website at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk.

 

Summer Bandstand

AN acoustic guitar-playing duo and a popular 11- piece brass and percussion ensemble can be seen this weekend in Tamworth Band Stand

You will be able to relax and listen to Brindley Hunt on Saturday August 19 and Liquid Brass on Sunday August 20.

Brindley Hunt is an acoustic duo featuring two very experienced musicians with sparkling harmonies and high-class accompaniment on acoustic guitars.  They enjoy singing harmonies in the style of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Crowded House and other vocal bands. They perform covers of the best songs from the past five decades as well as their own finely-crafted songs.

Their performance will be followed by something altogether different on Sunday August 20 when Liquid Brass takes to the bandstand for a guaranteed mix of traditional instrumentation with technological wizardry making an entirely original type of sound.

The band perform a range of musical styles to suit all tastes including swing, pop, rock, classical and more, creating a unique party atmosphere to brighten even a grey day.

Performances

All artists will be performing regularly on the day, between 1pm and 4pm. Please check the website for any changes to the programme at:  www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk.

Organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team, the annual Bandstand Concerts tradition has seen the historic stage coming to life throughout the season with music and entertainment for all tastes.

This year’s programme has been brought under the Music Outside element of the Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative.  To maximise opportunities for people to entertain and be entertained, the initiative is support by Arts Council England.

So far, the programme has been popular with both young and old, showcasing crowd-pleasing bands and vocalists. Don’t miss out on these last three acts for August.

All performances are free of charge and subject to weather conditions.

THE Tamworth Pantomime are looking for the next Prince Charming and leading lady for this Christmas.

They are set to announce which show they are doing next week, but they are appealing to the talent of Tamworth to find the next big panto star.

Tamworth Pantomime Company manager Alex Farrell said: “The panto is the biggest show in town. More than 4,000 people come along every year, and all of our actors are Tamworth born and bred. We are now looking for the next rising star to join the group, either as a dashing prince, comedy sidekick or even the beautiful princess

“Last year we put on Jack and the Beanstalk in the Big Top on Tamworth Castle Grounds and it was a massive success. This year we are again putting the show in a circus tent, and it promises to be bigger and better than anything Tamworth has ever seen before.”

Auditions take place on the first weekend of September, and anybody wishing to be considered should contact alex@tamworthpanto.co.uk or call 07825 213197.

Alex added: “There are no age restrictions, so everybody is welcome! Experience is helpful, but not necessary. Most people can pick up pantomime quite quickly – oh yes they can – and it’s the most fun you can have around Christmas time!”

Look out for an announcement very soon about which magical pantomime is coming to Tamworth this December!

Actors in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Big Top

Actors in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Big Top

Geekfest

GEEKS were in their element this week when a mix of cartoonist and actors from Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Batman attended ‘GeekFest’ in Ankerside Shopping Centre.

Tamworth LitFest’s Anthony Poulton Smith introduced the GeekFest which was run with the support of Tamworth FestiCon and Ankerside in Bloom.

Whilst some Al Davison, Martyn Ballantyne (Batman and Harry Potter) and Margaret Jackman (the Old Lady who kills Arya in Game of Thrones), are internationally known; other artists and writers, like Simon Goodwin, George Bastow and Nathan Moore are local to Tamworth.

Here you can see an interview with Anthony Poulton Smith…

Tamworth Informed has an exclusive interview with Margret Jackman on being in Game of Thrones and, the attack on Arya and the problems of script secrecy.

Interestingly, in a recent move by HBO, a $250,000 “bounty payment” has been offered in relation ago a hacker who stole TV show scripts from the company, including those for Game of Thrones. (CNBC)

Martin Ballantyne talks about being “Scary Face” one of Munngue’s associates in Harry Potter and in Batman being the Jokers Henchman.

Moving from acting to the Graphics novels, comics and cartoons, we spoke with the acclaimed artist and writer Al Davison.  Al is a comic creator who has worked extensively for DC/Vertigo on such titles as: Hellblazer, Vermillion, House Of Mystery, CMYK, The Dreaming and The Unwritten. He has also drawn Doctor Who comics for IDW.

He is probably best known for his graphic memoir The Spiral Cage, which explored his experiences growing up with Spina-Bifida, a condition he was born with and wasn’t expected to survive.

He has been trying to complete the 2nd volume, Muscle Memory: A Survivors Tale, for over 10 years; but the pressure of having to take on commercial work to pay the rent, and health problems, meant that he has had to put it on hold. Discovering Patreon, a crowd funding platform, has encouraged him to give it another go.


READ MORE: Youngsters have glorious time at Ankerside


Muscle Memory: A Survivors Tale, is even more of a challenge than the first volume, as it not only continues to look at disability issues, but also addresses his experiences of physical child abuse at the hands of his Father.

Al says: “I want to make it clear that this is not a story of victimization, but a story of survival and of winning against the odds. Their will inevitably be distressing scenes throughout the series, but it is also an optimistic and often funny look at my life, because that’s how I am.”

You can help Al raise the funds he needs to complete his second volume on his Patreon Page.

Following on from an established artist we spoke to George Bastow and Nathan Moore  two up and coming artists and writers from Tamworth. We recommend you start collecting their work now before they become famous and it’s value rockets as it surely will.  These tow have a wonderful talent.

Simon Goodwin of  Papercraft quietly had an exclusive announcement. He had the new Game of thrones Mask kits from Carlton books as shown in the video. These are pre-release samples and an exclusive as this is the first time the public have seen these mask kits.

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AS part of Arts and Events Bandstand program, Claret folk band once again played tamworth at the bandstand in the castle grounds.

This free event is one of a series of free Music Outside events every weekend over the summer.

The remailing 2017 line-up is as follows:

Saturday August 12 – 58 Blues Band
Saturday August 19 – Brindley-Hunt
Sunday August 20 – Liquid Brass
Saturday September 2 – Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

Sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre, all the concerts are free of charge, so bring your picnic baskets and blankets down to Tamworth Castle Grounds for an afternoon of music. Performances take place at intervals between 12pm and 4pm (subject to weather conditions).

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “The Summer Bandstand Concerts organised by our Arts & Events team provide the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment in beautiful surroundings. The Bandstand is an historic feature of the Castle Grounds and it’s great to see it being brought to life with live music and performances.

“Whether you’re taking a break from shopping, or enjoying a picnic with friends and family, we’d love to see you there enjoying the music on offer.”

The bandstand concerts are part of a great calendar of outdoor events organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team. For the full 2017 line-up please visit http://www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/outdoor-events

A DIGITAL art project which is aiming to capture 24 hours in the life of Tamworth is now seeking a production team to help collect footage and put the film together.

Volunteers are invited to attend a series of workshops throughout August where they will work with industry experts to make the 24 Hours in Tamworth film. This will involve creating a storyboard, independently collecting footage and taking video clips back to weave into the 24-hour narrative.

Together, participants will produce a film which will be shown to audiences during the We Love Tamworth event on September 2 and featured online at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk.

Workshops take place at the Sacred Heart Church in Glascote Heath, between 6pm and 9pm, on:

  • Thursday, August 10
  • Friday August 11
  • Thursday August 24
  • Friday August 25

No previous experience is necessary; all you need is a smart phone capable of shooting video. However, anyone who has specialist equipment is invited to bring it. Sessions will be led by professional production company acquismedia and will include one-hour masterclasses by visiting artists.

Workshops are open to anyone living in the borough of Tamworth. For more information or to sign up please contact Katie on 07454 777090 or email katie.banks@acquismedia.com.

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The film project is part of Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth – one of the many elements of the Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative, which has been funded by Arts Council England and will see art in all its forms popping up in unusual spaces across Tamworth.

Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth invites amateurs and professionals to submit photographs and video footage of the people, places, objects and experiences of Tamworth, at all hours of the day.

For the Focus 24 element, a total of 24 photographs, taken by 24 different photographers, will be chosen to represent 24 hours in the life of the town. While 24 Hours in Tamworth will see video clips being put together to make the unique new film.

The chosen photographs and the new film will be exhibited for 24 days, starting on Saturday, September 2, when they will go on digital display in Ankerside Shopping Centre to coincide with this year’s We Love Tamworth event.

Since launching at the end of March, hundreds of photographs and video clips have been submitted. Anyone who still wants to take part has until 5pm on August 5 to

upload their entries to the Focus 24: 24 Hours in Tamworth event on the Tamworth Arts & Events Facebook page. Entrants must provide their name, age and time the photo or video was taken.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedKatie Banks of acquismedia, who has been working with Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team to deliver the project, said: “The photography submissions we have received for the Focus 24 project have demonstrated the pride and beauty to be found in Tamworth, not to mention the immense photography talent. We look forward to working with residents to extend this celebration of Tamworth, using the medium of storytelling and film to highlight the ordinary, the unusual and the unique of the people and the area.”

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedCllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “This project is all about showing off the people and places of Tamworth and providing people with new skills which enable them to do that. We’ve had some amazing photographs submitted for the Focus 24 element and it’s now the turn of budding filmmakers to get involved in making the unique new film, which will serve as a lasting legacy for the people of Tamworth in years to come.

“I would encourage anyone interested in filmmaking to attend the workshops, learn some new skills and be part of something really amazing.”

For more information on Arts in Unusual Spaces, please visit the Tamworth Arts & Events website at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk.

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