The second Hot Summer Night music fest in Mickleover (Derby) took place over the weekend and it was a very hot one. I posted last year about this event and the weather wasn't as great as this year but plenty of people came with their picnics to sing and dance to the sound of more great live bands.
It was a very successful afternoon again and so well organised. There were improvements to little niggles from last year including a nice walkway through the crowd so you no one had to keep tripping over anyone's picnic blanket and landing head first into a homemade coleslaw. Also the sound was better this year, there were a few issues for some of the acts but overall a lot better.
So what who was on the bill? Well there was a great 60's band called The Moggies who opened up the show at 3pm, all the classics and this got us gently weaned in for a return from In The Mix who are a Little Mix tribute act and played last year but I feel after the recent appearance of the real Little Mix in Derby recently, the kids just wanted more. Courtney May Trusswell followed next and you may be thinking, who? She was the winner of Mickleover's Got Talent and she was amazing, her voice was out of this world so remember the name, she could be a big star.
The Rod Stewart Experience were next and I have to say this guy was fabulous. He looked the part as well as sounding just like Rod. A brilliant set which got everyone up dancing.
Beeyonce were very entertaining and along with my friends we enjoyed her set down there at the front 'in amongst the crowd' so we had a dance and made some moves. Never Forget got all the crowd singing along, a great reaction for them. The wine had been flowing so everyone was ready to party now. Bootleg Blondie had some classic tunes up their sleeve, really good and she looked like Debbie Harry too. Ahhh Blondie hits just take me back to my younger days.
Bulsara and his Queenies were the headlining act and we made our way to the front for this one. This was the same Freddy Mercury tribute from last year but this time he had his band, the Queenies there with him. Great sound and vocals were spot on. He didn't dress up so much this year but as he states ' they don't have to dress up like Queen as they sound so good'. He was right and what an end to a fantastic afternoon. All the classics were there and to be honest I could have sang along all night.
This is a really good event and in it's second year, it just got better. My only niggle if I have one is that the organisers said the gates would open at 2pm and we got there then and the place was packed. Someone said they had turned up at 12.30! Maybe it was safer to let people in rather than them queuing. I would have just liked to have known if we could have gone earlier.
Some had complained that the price had increased from last year too from £10 to £12 but that's not much difference for what you get. I still think it's reasonably priced and there were a few more Queenies with Freddy this year and these musicians need to eat guys!!! Bulsara and his Queenies are one of the very top Queen tributes so I wouldn't personally complain.
But hey nothing spoilt the day, we had a great spot and enjoyed ourselves. The weather was fantastic and you had the option of walking down to the stage to get a better view so shut up Sue from the Brew, what more do you want?
Apart from the music there were lots of food and drink stalls, cocktail bars, a raffle and tombola which I won a couple of prizes on and a couple of fairground rides for the kids. All the family were totally catered for here, whatever your age you could enjoy yourself.
I suppose I will be there again next year........try and stop me, think this could be a regular thing. Thanks to all the acts for entertaining us and the organisers who worked so hard to put on such a great afternoon's entertainment.
Let's hope it's hot next year again......here's to 2019!!
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