Catching up on the weekend just gone!

As we dusted ourselves down yesterday from a wonderful weekend of music, street performances, drama, literature and BIG FUN we started collating photos, videos and memories, it ended up taking all day to get things ready to write about….so, here goes!

Friday night and the Central Bar, we had four young and up for it bands – headlined by BlackWaters (who went off to play the Download Festival as soon as they finished and who will be supporting The Libertines in August), Annabel Allum who was at SXSW in Texas earlier this year, Sophie and the Giants who have just signed an exciting management deal and first on, King Knit who are a new band from Bracknell, and went down brilliantly.

With huge thanks to Alan Meeks for the photos….

King Knit

 Sophie and the Giants

Annabel Allum





So farewell to a noisy, sweaty Friday night….

…and hello to a lovely, sunny afternoon on Park Street. Saturday saw street performances from Moody Will and the Roll, Western Sky and of course, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.


Moody Will and the Roll

Western Sky1Rajasthan HBB

Inside The Bear pub we had literature, featuring, among others, ex Loaded and NME journalist James Brown talking about his new book on 5-Aside football. Here he is talking to fellow author Daniel Rachel, who was there to talk about his prize winning book ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’..

James and Daniel

There was drama over at the Central Bar,  (quite a change from the previous evening!) Brightlight Theatre presented Jamie Kakritz’s play ‘The Start of Something’.

Drama Sat June 10

Meanwhile, Glo Salon hosted an awesome Glo Unplugged live stream for the wonderful Katy Hurt.


The Bear had an open mic session followed by math rock from Steve Strong

Steve Strong

And there were loads of amazing musical talents over at The Carpenter’s Arms, all day from noon until 10pm!

Here’s Joe Waller…

Joe Waller

….and the fabulous headliners, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees who got the whole pub up and dancing!

Martin Stephenson

Here’s a clip recorded from the start of their set – things got pretty crazy from here on in!

And so we walked our tired, happy feet home….slept and woke up, excited that the 5 times BBC Folk Award winners, the mighty Oysterband were playing Camberley Theatre that night!

And here’s a clip of them, they were magnificent!

If raucous folk music wasn’t your bag, we also had the thought provoking ‘Psychoacoustic’ dance piece, performed by Jack Philps dance company in the function room….thanks to Andy Edmeads for the photo.


And that, ladies and gentle men, completes our crazy, wonderful weekend!

Camberley International Festival – the film!

After a few re-edits, it’s finally here! A little film with all the festival highlights – from the opening night with Lau at Camberley Theatre, the myriad of activities we had across town on June 4th with the Vienna Festival Ballet in the evening and finally clips from the family picnic on June 11th. If you were there – hopefully this will bring back some happy memories, if you weren’t hopefully this will make you want to be there in 2017!

Enjoy 🙂

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.

kodiak island square.jpg

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.

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 🙂


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!

BBC Radio Berks and Guide2Surrey coverage

With only a couple of weeks to go until the festival kicks off on June 1st, we’ve had some great coverage from the Guide2Surrey people here

Plus there will be an interview with Jo, one of the festival organisers on BBC Radio Berkshire on the Introducing show talking about all the free events taking place on Saturday June 4th. Listen here  from 8pm tomorrow (Saturday 21st May)

One of the bands playing on this live extravaganza are the wonderful Sun Circus from Blackwater. Check out this excellent video and song, ‘Got That Feeling’


Bands 1

LAU Square 2