Some great live footage..

This just in….some great footage of all the bands who played on June 4th across the pubs of Camberley. Featuring The Electric Woods, The Vinyl Staircase, Sophie and the Giants, The Luxe and Sun Circus. Thanks to Jonny Byczok for the filming and to Kirsty Rourke for the editing.

Thank you!

The first Camberley International Festival finished in style on Saturday June 11th at the beautiful London Road Recreation Ground with a family picnic, celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Here’s a little film capturing some of the music and fun on the day.

So that’s it! A huge thanks to everyone who performed, attended and worked on the Camberley International Festival.

Karen Whelan, Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Chief Executive says,

‘It has been a real pleasure to see the Camberley International Festival create new spaces and interactions for the arts to be enjoyed by all. It is a wonderful addition to the town and promises much for future local, national and international collaborations.’

Surrey Heath’s portfolio holder for business, Cllr Craig Fennell added:

‘This has been an exciting and successful inaugural year for the Camberley International Festival. Audiences have had the chance to sample some fantastic arts and artists, from poetry and ballet, through to cutting-edge contemporary performers.’

 We have lots of footage and are working on getting a film that captures the whole event ready to share……Watch this space!

So nearly there now….

Thanks very much to Skylephant and Kodiak Island for their fantastic performances at The Bear last night. Thanks to all those who braved a very hot, sticky night to watch!

Here’s a clip of Kodiak Island in action….


Last night also saw a healthy turn out at the drama over at Camberley Theatre – thanks so much to Liz Lennie and Brightlight Theatre for all their hard work. Liz Lennie’s play ‘Not In Our Town’ had a fabulous debut read through performance, while Brightlight performed some of their pieces from this year, including their inturpritation of  ‘The Wind in the Willows’  

So….the last day is tomorrow where we can all enjoy a picnic at the London Road Rec in Camberley. Thanks very much indeed to everyone who has performed or watched or even just read these posts over the last few weeks! There will be more round up news next week plus the dates for 2017. Have a great weekend and hopefully see you at the picnic! 🙂


Kodiak Island single launch party and drama

The first ever Camberley International Festival nudges closer to its completion – folk-rock legends, Fairport Convention played a gorgeous set last night at the theatre.

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Tonight sees local psychedelic-folk band, Kodiak Island launch their new single ‘Spanish Steps’ at The Bear in Camberley. Just to show the level of attention that has gone into setting this festival up – the place Kodiak Island is famous for its bears, and the band Kodiak Island are part of the Musical Bear label and, yes, this is all taking place at The Bear pub- oh my word! 🙂

Here is ‘Spanish Steps’


Support comes from Skylephant and the fun kicks off at around 7:30 – this is another free fringe event and actually the last gig of the festival, so a party indeed. Get yourselves down there for some summer fun.

If live music isn’t your bag and you actually prefer a bit of interactive drama, there’s also two drama sessions taking place at Camberley Theatre.

Drama graphic final

From 7:30 – 8:45pm local playwright Liz Lennie will be performing ‘Not In Our Town’.  This is the world premier of Liz’s latest play, a comedy written for radio.

A debate on terrorism in a Surrey town, not unlike Camberley, culminates in  some surprising multi-cultural bonds.

Scripts will be handed out on the night and small but significant parts will be available.

Anyone willing to give it a go can e mail before 4pm today (June 9th) or simply make themselves available this evening.

After this, Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre will be presenting scenes and sketches from their recent performances from 9 – 11pm – again with a chance to join in.

Tonight at Camberley Theatre – Fairport Convention

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has been one of Britain’s best-loved bands for nearly fifty years. Launched in 1967’s ‘summer of love’, former members include Richard Thompson, the late Sandy Denny and Dave Swarbrick  who very sadly passed away last week.

With a vast musical repertoire to draw on, Fairport Convention’s shows feature a mixture of long-established favourites and new material. The band’s current set includes songs and tunes from their new studio album Myths and Heroes which was released in March 2015.

Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim for decades – for example, the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted the groundbreaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’; and Fairport’s story was celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television.

Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.


The Vienna Festival Ballet

Anyone lucky enough to be in the audience of the sold out performance of ‘Swan Lake’ at Camberley Theatre on Saturday was treated to a beautiful, sumptuous display of virtuoso dancing. See the clip below for a few highlights.

Gill Mallek from the Vienna Festival Ballet said,

‘The company had a great time at the Audience With and the performance. It was a wonderful first visit to Camberley and it was lovely to see so many people. We were delighted to be part of the first ever Camberley International Festival. We look forward to returning soon’


Next date for your CIF diaries – Fairport Convention at Camberley Theatre on Wednesday June 8th (Don’t forget to use the CIF code for your £5 discount per ticket)

Saturday? What a day.

So much happened on Saturday – where to start?

At the beginning seems logical, so here goes.

We were treated to two very special acoustic sets from Sophie (minus her Giants) and Sun Circus at lunch time in the café / bar at Camberley Theatre.


Then the fantastic spoken word / poetry skills of Steve Larkin and Paula Varjack blew us away, still in the theatre café.

Steve organises Hammer and Tongue poetry slams, and hosted the first ever Camberley slam on Saturday.

After the poetry – over to The Surrey Arms for the first of the bands playing across Camberley….two bands in fact, playing groovy psychedelic rock, first up, The Electric Woods.

The Electric Woods

Followed by The Vinyl Staircase…featuring twin brothers on guitar and drums.

The Vinyl Staircase

Over the road, through The Mall, out the other side and into the Carpenters Arms, where Sophie had gathered her Giants for an electric version of the songs we heard earlier on via her acoustic guitar at the theatre.

Sophie and the Giants 2

Meanwhile…..outside Glo Hair Salon on Park Street, there was a live #GloUnplugged broadcast by singer / songwriter, Emma Jane Kennedy. This was streamed live via their Facebook page.


Phew. Ok…..finally over to The Bear for the last two bands of the day / night.

First up wonderful three piece, The Luxe. Another band featuring brothers on guitar and drums – albeit with shorter hair this time!

The Luxe

Finally, topping and tailing this great day of wonderful local, live music…our friends Sun Circus – this time with their electric guitars. Talking of which, I don’t think so many Telecasters have been seen and heard in Camberley in one day before!

Sun Circus 2

Special thanks for making all of this happen, goes out to Lee Dawson from Camberley Theatre who not only set up and took down all the PA equipment at each gig, but also did a magnificent job doing the sound all day and night. Sterling work Lee! A mention also to The Vinyl Staircase (and the twin’s Mum) who had already packed their gear away when they got an emergency call from the CIF team asking if they could come back and lend their drums to Sophie and the Giants – thanks guys! Finally, Sun Circus whose bass player was at a wedding in Slough. The guitarist from the band drove to Slough, picked up Mr bass man to play the gig at The Bear and then dropped him back at the wedding afterwards! Thanks fellas! One last thank you goes to Jenna Grant and her help in sourcing so many great bands. 🙂

Thanks so much all of you – and of course everyone who took part. Musicians, poets and audience members. You are all very cool indeed! X

We have some live footage we will be posting soon…watch this space.

The Vienna Festival Ballet also took place on Saturday night at Camberley Theatre….check this website out tomorrow for a run down of that.



What a weekend ahead!

The playback of the rare jazz recording made by the New Jazz Orchestra in Camberley in 1966 went very well last night in the theatre bar. A knowledgeable crowd asked questions of our host, Adam Sieff from Gearbox Records and then listened intently as the crackly recording was played back. Here’s a picture of the one and only vinyl copy of this 50 year old recording. A lovely way to help celebrate the theatre’s 50th anniversary.


What a weekend of wonderful entertainment we have for you…!

Tonight, the Rooftop Cinema series orgnanised by our friends at Collectively Camberley features the Quentin Tarantino classic ‘Pulp Fiction’. This has now SOLD OUT, so ticket holders only please.

Pulp Fiction

Tomorrow night (Sat 4th June) we have the Vienna Festival Ballet performing at the theatre. This is a ticketed event and has very nearly sold out – we would advise you to book your tickets today to avoid disappointment. Don’t forget to use your CIF coupon code to get your £5 ticket discount.

LAU Square 2

During the day tomorrow it’s our adrenaline fuelled free Camberley live music and poetry slam!

Starting off at the theatre with acoustic sets from Sophie and the Giants and Sun Circus from 1pm, followed by the poetry slam hosted by Hammer and Tongue, still at the theatre café between 2 and 4pm.

Then, get ready to bowl around Camberley’s finest pubs, taking in the best of the local live music scene! We’ll see you at The Bear for a well earned lemonade at 8:30 for The Luxe and headline slot from Sun Circus!

Bands 1

Have a great, Camberley International Festival weekend 🙂


Live Lau footage and news of tonight!

Thanks so much to all who came to the theatre last night – Lau were magnificent. What a tremendous way to open the festival. Here’s a little clip….


The Rooftop Cinema, organised by Collectively Camberley, also kicked off to a wonderful start with a sold out performance of ‘Dirty Dancing’.

June 1st 2016 – was a night to remember in Camberley!!

So….tonight, there’s another film on the top floor of the multi storey, tonight it’s ‘Back To The Future’.

At the theatre, this time in the café / bar we have a truly unique experience. We are having a playback of a recording made in Camberley in 1966 by the New Jazz Orchestra featuring Jack Bruce. Gearbox Records have burned off one acetate vinyl to play…here it is fresh off the press this afternoon!

Gearbox test pressing

See you later!


And we’re off!

Today sees the start of the first ever Camberley International Festival with the magnificent Lau performing at Camberley Theatre and a sold out showing of ‘Dirty Dancing‘ on the roof of the multi-storey car park, (organised by our friends at Collectively Camberley).

In case you haven’t seen what else is in store over the next ten days, here’s our little promo film….

…and our beautiful little jpegs…

See you soon!