Sun shines for Broad Street Tavern Music FestivalBy Jon Nurse
August 01, 2012
Rockers danced to classics from across the ages at the Broad Street Tavern Music Festival on Saturday.
The sun simmered overhead as an eclectic mix of live bands blasted out tunes in the Wokingham town centre pub garden.
Landlord Clive Wallis said: “This is our fourth year of doing this and it’s gone extremely well.
“We’ve changed the format slightly by getting a reggae band, Progression, who have come all the way from Wolverhampton, and they were very good.
“My middle name must be ‘lucky’ because we’ve been ultra lucky with the weather.”
New this year were headline act Party Pianos, who played duelling pianos to requests sent in from the audience.
John Eglington, 46, of Barkham Road, savoured his day at the festival. “There’s not enough like this in the town,” he said. “In London you get small festivals like this all the time, but you don’t often experience it in Wokingham. The reggae band were terrific.
“When you sit here for a drink in an evening you don’t realise it’d be such a good venue for live bands.
“It’s nice and cool with the sunshine, the beer is flowing, what more could you ask for?”
The festival ran from 2pm to 11.30pm, with a hog roast and barbecue on sale through the day.
Kim and Wayne Dyke of Whitley Wood Lane, Reading, returned after having a good experience last time out. “We came last year, enjoyed it very much, and it’s just as good this year,” they said. “The burgers are amazing.
“I like that they’ve tried some different ideas this time. The reggae band were very good.”
Kevin Twelvetrees rocked the guitar with cover band Section 8 in the early evening. He said: “People were really getting into Disco 2000 (by Pulp) towards the end, they were all dancing around and drinks were spilling.
“It’s a nice venue, the landlord is very good, the people are good too.”
Peter Ollerhead, 28, of Barkham Road, went to the festival for the first time. “Everyone’s very friendly, there’s good food and it’s a nice sunny day,” he said. “I’ve come with some mates and we’re all having a good time – we’d definitely come back again.”
Ann Edge, 32, of Oakey Drive, said: “I’m celebrating getting a new job this evening. I like that this is right in the middle of Wokingham and I’m particularly enjoying watching everyone getting up and dancing.”
Guns 2 Roses blared out some 80s rock anthems as the sun set over Wokingham.
Paul Holliday, 25, of Radical Ride, Finchampstead, said: “The music has been very entertaining. I’ve come here on a whim and it’s been great.”