The 2017 Maindee Festival is on Saturday 1st July on the grounds of Maindee Primary School on Corporation Road, and it’s a milestone year for us. Each year this multicultural event brings out the best in our city. We always have an overarching theme, and as we reach our 21st year it seems only right that we call this year’s one “Maindee Grows Up”. As always, its FREE entry too!
Planning for Maindee Festival starts in November, usually picking up from a review of the previous year. 2016 was brilliant for us. I noted that it was the most culturally diverse festival I’d attended or been part of. I wanted to see this continue this year. Budgets keep being cut, but somehow we tend to find our way through it. It all comes down to the weather on the day, and you spending money on site with us to ensure we can progress into 2018.
I’m part of the programming team. I volunteer alongside Monika, Pete and Sarah to fill the three stages with some great acts with the widest appeal. More than ever we have had offers of interest from acts above and beyond what we can accommodate in a six-hour period. Thank you so much for your interest. I guess Maindee Festival is a great launchpad. Former Newport City Radio presenter Joe Kelly played and hosted the Garden Stage a few years ago. This year, as a more established performer we welcome him to the main stage.
There are a few changes this year. Our headline act, Rogora Khart will open the main stage at 1pm to play to the biggest audience possible. It was felt that a lot of people had left the site by the traditional 6pm slot. I can’t wait to see if this is the positive change we hope for. The Godseys performing at 6pm are still very much worth the wait.
This year we’ve decided to ‘rest’ Maindee’s Got Talent. This has been Newport City Radio’s contribution over the last four years. Our theme in 2017 is ‘Love live music’, so we are going to offer two acts who have visited our live music show (the Culture Bunker which airs at 7pm every Thursday) a chance to do a ‘Joe Kelly’. It also makes sense as these days we provide the pa system for the garden stage and technical support. We also host two out of the three stages so we are intrinsically more involved with the entire event.
We’re all ready to go. Here’s the running order that you need to plan your day with us.
11am – The legendary street parade begins, starting at Newport Rugby club and touring around the streets between Corporation Road, Chepstow Road and George Street Bridge. Roads will be closed for a very short time to vehicles to ensure participant safety. Come along and wear a costume, wave a flag or dance along as the parade makes it way to the Maindee Primary School site.
1pm – The Festival begins across three stages and outdoor areas
Spoken Word tent:
Storytelling, poetry and prose with a little drama and music thrown in! We welcome Dick and Mike back to the festival — Richard (Dick) Berry is a Storyteller, actor, founder of Hijinx Theatre, & co-ordinator of Cardiff Storytelling Circle (Wales’ longest continually running Storytelling venue) who uses storytelling in a wide variety of community and social contexts, and Mike Church — actor, storyteller and a children's entertainer are thrown together in the projects Mike gets involved in!
1pm Family story time with Dick Berry
2pm Poems from the ‘Port (and beyond!). Poet & performer Mike Church hosts poets & writers from Newport sharing their work. Look out for special guest from Maindee Library Sessions!
3pm Family story time with Dick Berry
4pm Poems from the ‘Port (and beyond!) – Poet and performer Mike Church hosts poets and writers from Newport including Alan Roderick & the Murenger crew 5pm Special Guests
1—1:30pm; Maindee School Choir
1:40—2:10pm Maindee Legends community opera with Operasonic A new mini-opera exploring what is legendary about Maindee created by composer Jack White and director Polly Graham in collaboration with Maindee residents. The opera will be performed by two opera singers and the Maindee Legend Community Choir.
2:15—2:35pm Aled Hughes: pop-folk singer songwriter in both Welsh & English
2:45—3:05pm Daisy Blue: acoustic covers of songs from different genres plus some original material
3:15—3:35pm Paul Michaela Cork: 80’s hair metal & enjoying his femme side
3:45—4:05pm Arianne: local acoustic artist
4:15—4:35pm Joel Frank: special live set from his new EP 'Oxygen'
4:45—5:05pm Ellie McCue: experimenting and playing with music, creating moments since 1991
5:10—5:30pm Anthony Keen: bringing original material & acoustic covers
5:45—6:30pm Ofelia: indie folk band featuring inspiring harmonics
1—2pm Rogara Khart: Newport’s own with Eastern European influence punky folky Rock 'n' Roll
2—2:30pm Maindee School clog dancers
2:30—3pm Bollywood Belles
3—3:30pm Newport City Radio presents…2 great acts from our Love Live Music campaign.
3:30—4:30pm Sunjay: winner of the Wath Folk & Blues Festival Young Performers Award
4:45—5:20pm Joe Kelly: apocalyptic folk-blues, breaking free of the limitations of the one-man band format
5:30—6pm Maindee/Bhangra DJs
6:15—7pm The Godseys: classic Americana country rock
21 years young and that looks like one heck of a line up!