BBC Performing Arts Fellowship Final Blog #5

That’s it! I’ve been here at the Bristol Music Trust doing my BBC Performing Arts Fellowship for a whole year, and crikey! What a year it’s been.  Eventful to say the least, with lots of events and festivals and bands! I’m not quite finished just yet though as there’s still the Arts Council of England strategic touring funded Routes South West shows with Evil Twin and Casimir taking place at the end of May.  My focus is now going to be with the Nokia MixRadio Remix Academy and New Generation Takeover, they can’t get rid of me that easily! ;)

So! Here’s my summary of what I’ve been up to over the past year, it‘s been super busy!

It was lovely to start the fellowship last March by meeting the other music fellows up in Manchester, we had a great away day planning events for the coming year with the support from the BBC. The next week was back in Bristol getting started on planning the events for the year.

#1 was getting involved with Windmill Hill City Farm spring festival, New Generation Takeover programmed up and coming bands to play in conjunction with BIMM.  It was a lovely warm day and all the bands were great – you can see how it went and a few pics on one of my blogs here!

#2 soon after was a huge fundraiser for St Peter’s Hospice.  I was really honoured to be involved helping with their 35th anniversary, stage managing for them, making sure all their needs were met and making sure their day went smoothly.

#3 and summer had crept up on us and the first festival of the season (for us) was Greenman Festival.  We had a stage programming emerging talent and a variety of workshops. It was mega fun! Bands that we featured were Towers, Evil TwinCasimirAztecs and Ayre point.

#4 was Shambala this time I went on my own working in the music production office and artist liaison, which was mainly meeting their artists, looking after them and stage managing one of their stages for a couple of nights.

#5 the long awaited Brisfest! Remix always has its own stage with tonnes of brilliant new acts playing – read about it in my previous blog here but unlike other festivals where you rock up and everything is sorted Brisfest is  a festival where you’re involved the whole year round, helping out with all aspects of the festival like volunteer managing, helping out in the weeks before getting the site ready and after the festival with the pack down. It’s quite an experience and a festival close to my heart so there will be a big Brisfest sized hole this year as they take a break with a fallow year.  But just because the festival isn’t on doesn’t meant they are resting – check out the other projects they are up to here.

#6 the highlight of October and for me was Simple Things Festival held at Colston Hall for the first time. Lots of the hall’s highlights (and mainly mine!) can be found here, super excited for what’s to come this year.

#7 – it’s 2014 (how did that happen)! January 17th and it was the Evil Twin Single launch in The Lantern with support from TiersBridges and the fantastic Liberto Wolf (definitely bands to look out for this year). The night was such fun and rather lovely I feel quite proud of these guys, they did so well there’s some lovey pics which can be found on their facebook page (linked above!).

That’s it from me as a BBC Performing Arts Music Fellow at Colston Hall, for now, anyway…!

Abi Ward X

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