SOLAM and Malmesbury Carnival

4014 Project Float '08

The 4014 Project Float in Malmesbury Carnival Procession '08

We’re getting to the end of the mad festival rush for this year – we’ve been to 2000Trees, the Summer of Love and Music Festival (for which we, The 4014 Project, organised the second stage) and Fieldview (which I went to so I could support my mum, who was reading poetry, and played a slot on the Open Mic stage). So, all that’s left is Malmesbury Carnival!

Before I get to that though, a quick summary of SOLAM. Generally it went well, and it was a lot of fun and hard work over the weekend. There were a couple of flies in the ointment though, as unfortunately the crowds petered off towards Sunday afternoon, making it not worth keeping our stage open to compete with the main stage. Therefore, we made the hard decision to cancel Zoidberg (Sorry guys! We promise to make it up to you somehow!).

Other than that (and a few minor panics about equipment/timings) the weekend was great, and went very smoothly. I’d just like to say a massive and heartfelt thankyou to everyone who played, and to everyone who came and supported us and the charity, Shelter. Everyone was brilliant – I hope you all enjoyed it too. Special thanks to Alison Hustwitt, who not only came and played a lovely set for us, but also volunteered on the gate and is just generally fab!

And so to Malmesbury Carnival. First I should mention the annual Carnival Open Mic, which is TONIGHT at the Rose and Crown at the bottom of the High Street. This is a bit of a home-coming for Jon and I, as the Carnival Open Mic is where The 4014 Project all began, making today our 5th anniversary. That sounds like a good excuse for cake… I’ll not mind if someone wants to volunteer to make one!

Our other annual event is usually the 4014 stage at Petticoat Lane on the High Street – we’ve not booked a pitch this year for a couple of reasons, the main one being that we were wondering if the good people of Malmesbury would be getting fed up of the same thing year after year. You never know though, we might just rock up and busk acoustically (if they’ll let us!).

This year, we’ll be providing the PA system for Malmesbury’s Got Talent, which was a great success last year. Should be a fun night – if you want to take part you’ll need to sign up in advance.

If you want any more details about the ongoing Malmesbury Carnival events – and trust me, there’s loads going on, then visit the official website, or pick up a program in the town (loads of the shops/pubs have copies).


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