Sunday 25 June 2017

The Mill Hill Music Festival 2017 - That's All Folks!

So it's Sunday Morning. All that is left to do is tidy up, unload the vans and put the bunting away for a couple of years. Nine hectic days, Ten great events, over 1,500 people attended the festival in total. Last night we finished with Alan Warner and friends at The Adam and Eve. It was a great party. Alan lined up a rather special treat. He augmented his usual band with Simon Aldridge from Edison Lighthouse on drums. Simon is a multi talented player, as he's usually seen on guitar! This had the added bonus of getting a rousing rendition of "Love grows where my Rosemary goes"! Alan touchingly dedicated "Baby, Now that I've found you" to Clem Curtis, his former bandmate in the Foundations, who passed away recently. The set finished with the Foundations biggest global hit "Build me up Buttercup".  Alan has been a longtime supporter of the festival and it was only fitting that he closed it. Everyone went home happy!

Here's a selection of some of  tweets from the various events, giving a flavour of what we've been doing all week!

Sadly that's it, hope to see all of you at the next festival in 2019.It has been a great nine days. Artistically, I think it was perhaps the best festival ever (although I always seem to think that). Numbers have been good and we've paid all our bills, which is what you want to do with a not for profit festival. We actually had a little bit of a surplus, so we've bought some more lighting equipment, some more staging and a few bits and bobs. The surplus from the 2015 festival allowed us to print more leaflets and pay for a delivery drop to NW7 and we'll be able to do this again.

Finally a special thank you to everyone who helped especially,

The Festival Committee
Clare Tichborne,
Dan Bleich,
Gerry Keane,
Brian Peerless,
Lesley Evans,
Lucia Carabine,
Sarah Bourne,
Cllr Joan Scannell BEM,

And our great team of helpers
Jenni Bond,
Gordon & Val O'Doherty,
Paul Semple,
Paul Amsterdam,
Steve & Yvonne Davis,
Umary Bleich,
Matthew Tichborne,
Fil Ross,
Darren O'Reilly,
Paul Amsterdam,
Stuart Waterman

Gillian and Peter at Hartley Hall
Andy, Marcus and Jules, the team at Mill Hill Wines who ran our ticket office
David and Martin and all the team at Mill Hill Golf Club
Paulo and all the team at The Adam and Eve
Gerry and Lorraine and everyone at Mill Hill Synagogue
The staff at Mill Hill Music Complex
Ray at Balls London Motor Cycle club for loan of the van
Vince Cooper for the PA at The Silencerz

And all of the artists and bands who performed

The Hendon Band of the Salvation Army,
Emily Lee,
Mick Jaguar,
The BBC Elstree Concert Band
Enrico Tomasso Quartet
Balalaika and Friends
The Pop-Up Opera Company
Kevin Fitzsimmonds and Band
Robert Fowler and his band
The Silencerz and Lee Thompson
Alan Warner and Friends

And a very special word of thanks to our Patron Lady Marina Hobson MBE for all of the support.

And finally everyone who came along. Thanks for your amazing support

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