Thousands head to Big Day OutBy Jonathan Low
September 21, 2012
Thousands basked in the late summer sunshine at South Hill Park on Saturday for the Big Day Out festival.
In an action-packed afternoon of entertainment, families congregated to see everything from acts such as the Institute of Crazy Dancing to the Nerdy Birdies.
The event was axed last year after funding cuts, but was back at the Ringmead site this month based around the Olympiad, with themes of youth and a sustainable environment
The festival is in its seventh year and attracted musicians and performers from across the UK, France and Belgium.
One of the local bands was Frodo Freud, who played in the ‘There’s only so much oil in the ground tent’ in the Upper Italian gardens.
Ant Colloff from the band said: “It’s our first time here and it’s really nice, quite intimate.
“We had a great crowd too, so there was a really good vibe.”
French band La Fanfare en Petard headlined the main stage in the evening, with a mix of brass, hip-hop and jazz.
Theatrical groups entertained the crowds around the park during the afternoon, one of which was Fan Shen, with their production called Greenandpleasantland.
They said: “On one level it is an adventure quest, on another it is about the end of oil.
“It’s based on a character called Arlie who sets out on a new adventure to find new stuff after the supplies start to run out.
“It’s been great here, the kids seem to like it too.
“By the end they are screaming for the characters, which is nice.”
William Trevelyan, who is a former music officer at the South Hill Park, directed the event and said he started preparing for the festival last November.
He added: “We’ve always had an artistic drive behind it and always had wonderful ideas coming from artists, and this year it’s no different.
“We’ve got everything from post rock for teenagers, to a capella, to brass bands, to puppetry and inventive ideas.
“It’s intended as one of the best showcases that I can imagine anywhere in England and hopefully I succeed in that.
“I think Bracknell needs a festival like this, it’s a great area and the people here are brilliant.
“South Hill Park is a great resource; it’s a lovely place and an incredible venue and it’s something Bracknell should be proud of.”#