Saturday 6th and Sunday 7thsaw the first Music Crowns Festival to be held at Weald Park, Brentwood.
Music Crowns is an online music competition for live unsigned act in the genre of Rock, Pop & Urban.
I popped down the the festival with `In the Mix` presenter Nikki Mills, and we had a thoroughly good day, here is a brief rundown of the event along with some pictures and audio.
Saturday saw a host of local talent take to the massive stage set infestival surrounding`s of Weald Park, and although the crowds at times may have been smaller than some indoor events, I`m certain the experience would have been great, not only a chance to play live on a massive outdoor stage with professional sound rig and lighting, but also to mix it up with some big signed bands and artists.
Local acts included the Filthy Habits, winners of the Live & unsigned competition, indie catagory, held recently at the o2 arena, the Filthy Habits who were recently on the Sunday Lunch Show, hit the stage around 7pm and played some of their new material, the band play with great energy and are fantastic live.
Also on stage Saturday
The Lovable Rouges, Screama, New Town Kings, leo Levox, Reachbacks, Scarletts Roses, to name a few.
Some of the bigger acts included;
Stacey Solomon, who pulled in probably the largest crowd of the day and sung a host of cover`s, Along with ameet and greet, mostly young children (and me and Nikki Mills), We managed to chat with her backstage however her management team refused any audio interview. one of her covers was a Michael Jackson classic.
The Event was hosted by Dan and Steve from Essex entertainment, and they reminded me of a slightly larger version of Ant n Deck, still very funny guys and very proffesional given the extreme conditions.
Billericay based band, Missing Andy, (also recent show guests) took to the main stage at 8pm, and included their new single Kings for the weekend, I caught up with them in their tour bus, I hope they managed to find a spot for the phoenix fm window stickers (they will definitely add a bit of value and a touch of cool to the Transit) to hear the interview in full click on the audio link below;
[audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/R09_Missing-Andy-live-Interview_01.mp3|titles=Missing Andy (live Interview)] Interview Missing Andy
Also Headlining, McLean from Dagenham, Egypt, and Fugitive.
I grabbed a brief chat with Egypt, she was the biggest suprise for me, a surpurb act, with powervocals and stage awareness, with new material out soon, she is also doing well in the UK and European club scene.
Click on the audio tab to hear the interview in full;
[audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/R09_Egypt-short-version_0.mp3|titles=R09_Egypt (short version)_0] Interview with Egypt
Nikki Mills from `In the Mix` caught up with the highly successful Fugitive, you can find this interview and many others on her show blog.
Sunday was unfortunately a non starter, I had arrived about 2ish and the weather had turned from a sunny summer to torrential downpours, only a handful of local bands had made it to the stage and ones that did played to a near empty site, the event was eventually called off around 2.30, H&S cited as the main reason, The Suburbians who were due on stage just before the cancellation, agreed to delight the what was left of the sodden festival fans with a acoustic set in the nearby hooga beer tent.
I spoke to mark from the band after the set and this is what he had to say;
Click on audio tab for full interview;
[audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/R09_Suburbians-interview_0.mp3|titles=Suburbians (interview)_0] The Suburbians Interview
The Band have also recently been endorsed by Gibson Guitars
The Surburbians Album ‘Follow the Lights’ has just been sent off to be processed at all the major online stores. It will be live for download on October 10th. their first single ‘Six in the Morning’ comes out on 5th of September, good times ahead! for the band
Along with their own material played at the Hooga beer tent the Band covered the well known Ami Winehouse track Valarie, with a soulful blues style, you can hear this live track by clicking the audio tab below;
[audio:https://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/R09_The-Suburbians-Valarie_0.mp3|titles=R09_The Suburbians (Valarie)_0] The Suburbians (Valarie)
I’m sure all the crowd whom stayed to watch the Suburbians would wish to thank them for sticking around whilst equipment was borrowed from the sound company and set up for the set, excpesialy to please the fans, well done Lads.
Headline Acts scheduled to play on the Sunday that did not make the stage included,
The Milk, The Rifles, Mutya Buena, Toploader, Skepta,
Local Bands included; The Tomorrow men, Madison State, Amoriste
The results for the competition should be revealed this week and I shall keep you updated with the results of each category.
All in all it was still a fun day for any live music lover, and I hope that the festival returns next year bigger and stronger, a local festival with big ambitions.
Many thanks to Scott Ross and Andrew Babicz for covering the `Sunday Lunch Show` whilst I roamed the festival beer in hand, cheers Guys