With live music, an array of local ales and a great new location in the town centre, Newquay’s family-friendly Music and Ale Festival drew hundreds of people, from less than 9 months to over 90 years old, despite challenging weather conditions.
After a two year break, the popular festival returned for three days and nights in late December with a fantastic new set-up on the Newquay’s Piazza. Recreated by the original organisers, Bare Feet Promotions, and financed by Newquay BID, the weekend of fun saw a varied programme of the very best toe-tapping music from the likes of the Belfast Busker and Adam Parfait as well as family Zumba sessions and lots of other Christmas-infused fun.
Lead organiser Nick Webb of Bare Feet Promotions said, “Although the Irish band Emerald stole the show on Sunday afternoon, with a great mix of covers such ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ and ‘Irish Rover’, there were also great covers of The Pogues ‘New York Tale’ too and many others from a whole host of musicians. For me musically the most impressive act of the weekend was 17 year old Polly Money from Falmouth. She is a local singer songwriter who is getting a lot of attention and she played an amazing mix of her own songs using nothing more than an acoustic guitar and loop tape. I put on a lot of music events and I try to give slots to as many up and coming talents as I can. I can honestly say that Polly blew me away with her musicianship and song writing ability. She really is a great talent and is going to go a long way and it’s this type of new music, as well as the old favourites, that events like the Music & Ale Festival can really showcase.”
Nick continued, “It’s been really reassuring to see the Newquay BID bringing back this opportunity, and this real town favourite of an event. Lots of people commented on how pleased they were to see this Festival back on the streets of Newquay especially within this really valuable shopping period.”
BID Manager Eve Wooldridge said: “Newquay BID was really pleased with how the 2012 Music & Ale Festival went especially given the dreadful weather over the weekend. The bands had a really good following and at many times over the weekend the marquee was at capacity. We’d all like to thank Nick Webb and his team at Bare Feet Promotions for all their effort and hard work in the running of the event on behalf of Newquay BID, and for co-ordinating such a varied programme for everyone. We’d also really like to thank everyone who came out to take part and support this opportunity and all of the local retailers and businesses who also took part in some way.”