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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Well it wasn't. very hot but it was an August night and it was filled with music and laughter. What a great all round music event, created ideally for everyone including all the family. There were people of all ages who came along to sing, dance and generally have a lot of fun.
The afternoon started with a Blues Brothers tribute called The Rayban Blue Brothers and they did a fantastic job of warming the crowd up, dancing to some classic tunes such as Everybody Needs Somebody, Respect, Jailhouse Rock and Shake Your Tail Feather. A great band and would suit any party or event, I really enjoyed them.
Now the Little Mix tribute band I was a little worried about, not for them but for me not knowing many Little Mix hits. It might be my age or just that I've not paid enough attention but actually I realised I knew more than I thought. They are called In The Mix and according to our younger friends whom we sat with they did resemble them a lot. I do have to say they did sound great and performed all the Little Mix hits and more, proved themselves to be very popular.
The Robbie Williams tribute blew everyone away and was probably the most popular of the day. Millennium performed lots of Robbie numbers and threw a few Take That songs in too. The crowd went wild for him and sang their hearts out especially to the anthem 'Angels'. A very entertaining act so if you do get to see him, he is worth a look at.
The Beatles Revolution were next with the good ole' songs everyone knows. I loved this band, really good and sounded very 'Beatle-ish'. Very entertaining and there is a short video clip of them on the 'Make a Brew Sue' Facebook page as I decided to 'Go Live' at the event, my first time so sorry for it being very wobbly. A nice rendition of 'Hey Jude' finished the set which had everyone singing.
Oh we all like a bit of Freddie Mercury. This was a tribute known as Bulsara and he belted out all the Queen classics, very good 'sound a like' as well as looking the part too. He got the crowd singing and I think everyone joined in with Bohemian Rhapsody, how could you not? The local Mickleover residents were probably joining in as well, the rare few that hadn't ventured out.
The Bootleg Bee Gees finished the evening in great style. I did feel a bit sorry for them though as people did start to leave early, maybe as the rain had kicked in a little or people just wanted to beat the traffic getting out of the car park. Even thought the audience had filtered out slightly they still produced those great disco numbers from Saturday Night Fever, you just can't help dancing to 'Night Fever' and 'Stayin Alive'. So many hits and some you never think are from the Bee Gees but they wrote a lot for other artists too. Great band and very entertaining.
Overall a great day and very well organised, even from providing bin bags for all the rubbish. Everyone used them so there wasn't any rubbish to clear. There was plenty of food and drink available and facilities for children. Toilets were clean and not at all festival like. A few queues here and there but nothing to put you off coming bak and doing it all again next year, and I would. For the price of £10 we had a very entertaining and enjoyable day. If I had to criticise it at all it would just be about the sound. There were places in the crowd where it didn't come over very well and we couldn't hear all the acts clearly but it didn't spoil it. I suppose it depends on where you sat but it needs a good 'all round sound'.
Even the weather wasn't too bad, a little disappointing for summer and we did experience a bit of drizzle here and there but hey you can't guarantee the weather at all especially here in the UK. People were happy and didn't really care so well done to everyone involved. I hope it does return next year as I think everyone would definitely go back for more.
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