Bad weather but high spirits at Bradford Roots Festival

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By nhavergal | Monday, January 14, 2013, 12:04

Bradford on Avon's first ever big music festival saw many people and musicians gathering at the Wiltshire Music Centre over the weekend. 

Despite the wind and rain 391 musicians across the county joined in with a fun filled day of music, workshops and food served by the Fat Fowl, Bradford on Avon over the two day event which attracted over 700 people. 

The Holt Morris dancers, Trowbridge based band Killing no Murder, acapella group The Croutons, Johnny Coppin and many more were in attendance to bring the festival into full swing. 

The Daturas, who have recently been in London recording their upcoming EP and were discovered by their current manager, also came back to their hometown to perform. 

Joe Chowles, 23, lead vocalist for The Daturas said: "It's great to be back, it's nice that something like this has been put on and musicians can come together and play. A lot of them are our friends as well which is quite cool."

The Bradford Roots Festival is the first of its kind to be held in Bradford on Avon which boasted four stages each with their own locally identifiable names including, the Utter Shambles stage, Wild and Woolley and the Golden Gudgeon Bar named after the local ale which was served over the weekend. 

Keith Nimmo, the Artistic Director for the Wiltshire Music Centre said: "The first Bradford Roots Acoustic Music Festival was without doubt a massive success, an absolutely fabulous event with so many highlights and such a brilliant atmosphere. It was great to see so many people from the local community performing at, and attending, the Festival."

Children were also given a chance to join in the festivities by creating their own lanterns with colourful designs which were used in a 'wassail' procession, led by organisers and the Holt Morris Dancers. 

Over forty volunteers and twenty organisers helped to make the Bradford Roots Festival happen. 

More pictures coming soon!

For more information about upcoming performances at the Wiltshire Music Centre visit their website at: 



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