February 27, 2018

Rewind Festival 2017 – another cracker!

2018 will hopefully be my third year performing at Rewind Festival so I thought it would be a good idea to take a quick look back at Rewind 2017.

The set up for 2017 was a bit different to 2016. Instead of a marquee and ‘cocktail bar come pub’ they had me playing in this great little pop up pub.

And from the get go it worked an absolute treat. This festival is really fun and friendly (the level of fancy dress is an art form in itself) and there is no holding the ‘Rewinders’ back when it comes to a good sing a long and so together we created a cracking pub piano atmosphere. Friday night I sat down to start playing around 6.30pm and finally climbed off at 11pm with just a few short breaks and the crowd still wanting more :-) Saturday evening was more of the same and as different groups came and went one sing a long rolled into another.

Afternoons had a more leisurely feel with a chance to play some more mellow tunes and serenade those a little worse for wear from the night before. Playing tunes from the likes of OMD, The Thompsons Twins and Madness whilst also slotting in some of the old pub favourites is always a pleasure.

I also now officially have ‘regulars’ as I got the chance to catch up with some of my keenest participants from 2016.

With this lot a sing a long is never very far away and if you watch carefully in the background here you’ll see I can even get Darth Vader dancing (there is hope for the universe yet!)

Throughout the weekend sing a long ranged from 80s classics like ‘I Just Can’t Get Enough’ and ‘It Must be Love’ through to songs by Abba, The Beatles, Elvis and beyond and on of course to those all important pub piano classics. But what ever we were singing, one thing is for sure, we were never far from a request for something by the great Chas ‘n Dave :-)

So another great Rewind was had by all and here’s hoping for more this year. It’s such a fun and friendly festival, I would highly recommend it to anyone. And if you do go, then visit the bloke in the hawaiian shirt playing the piano, he’ll always be pleased to see you.

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