A big celebration in Andover, Armed Forces Weekend promised to be packed full of stalls, live music, activities and fun!
Promotion for the event started weeks ago and the line up of music acts were arranged by Louis Sellers, of Anton Road Studios. Speaking to Lou on the day, he said, “We have some fantastic acts on both Saturday and Sunday. There were some issues with the sound early on the Saturday, but we soon got it sorted and the show went on.”
We were lucky enough to arrive, whilst Declan Carrier was still on stage. Having only seen him as an acoustic act, it was a great opportunity to see him on stage. His voice was as strong and powerful as it had been, and was not compromised by the bigger audience. He produced some clever and interesting chordal inversions for some classic songs, such as Billy Jean and Black and Gold. His voice, as ever, was used very much a separate instrument to compliment and create the underlying tunes.
After Declan had finished, there was a demonstration from the Army on building a bridge. This task was completed in around 30 minutes, and it was a phenomenal sight and was clearly very hard work.
The whole park was buzzing with visitors mingling with armed forces personnel and the many stalls that were in attendance, offered a diverse array of food. There was a fun fair that was well populated by Andover’s children.
Popular local band, Outside Central arrived on stage. The polished group’s original drummer, Kurt, has returned and has slipped seamlessly back into the band, and has a great rapport with the boys on stage. It was a great little set, with Hugh’s voice cutting through the dull weather, brightening the day, Charley’s bubbly on-stage character fun to watch (as well as some cheeky licks) and Matthew’s solid and stable bass lines all added to a thrilling six-song set. These boys really know how to bash out a beat! Thank you, also, for playing ‘Love Me if You Like’, which I will always know as ‘I’ve Been a Victim’. Maybe you could consider renaming the track! (from James)
As it was a Saturday, we did have to pay to park and were only able to get 2 hours in the car park we were in, so unfortunately, we had to leave before the Army Adult Cadet Force (ACF) started their demonstration.
The park wasn’t as full as thought or hoped for, but there was a great atmosphere and visitors looked like they were having a good time. Speaking to some of the stallholders, there was a feeling of disappointment with the lack of attendance, which was probably owing to the wet weather.
Andover really needs to get behind this event, its for a great cause and is very worthy of our support.