Busiest ever Street Con­cert is top of the pops

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By PHIL CREIGHTON

WOK­ING­HAM’S In­ter­na­tional Street Con­cert has been hailed as one of the busiest ever – more than 5,000 mu­sic fans flocked to Broad Street to hear a range of musicians.

The free event was or­gan­ised by Wok­ing­ham Town Coun­cil and acted as the final part of the an­nual May month of cul­ture.

Cu­rated by Wok­ing­ham’s mu­sic leg­end Pauly Zarb, the evening saw four great acts per­form from 6pm.

Pauly’s band Aus­tralianaIr­ish stepped in af­ter Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours were un­able to at­tend.

Also per­form­ing were head­lin­ers Fun­kline, along with The Trench­town Ex­pe­ri­ence, and lo­cal group The Marisa Ro­driguez Duo.

Vis­i­tors could also en­joy a food court, and the Broad Street Tav­ern set up an out­door bar so that beers and cold drinks could be supped in the evening heat.

The Bavar­ian sausage stall did a brisk trade all night, with the queue re­ported to be around 15-20 peo­ple long un­til sup­plies ran out.

This is the fifth year of the con­cert.

Cllr Gwyn­neth Hewet­son, who chairs Wok­ing­ham Town Coun­cil’s arts and cul­tural com­mit­tee, told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per: “It all went bril­liantly well, it was an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic night.

“About 5,000 peo­ple came on the night. The first peo­ple ar­rived around 5pm and they kept com­ing and com­ing. It was un­be­liev­able.

And Cllr Hewet­son felt that there was some­thing spe­cial hav­ing the mu­sic in the street as op­posed to tak­ing place in a park.

“It’s not just the mu­sic or the food and the drinks, it’s about be­ing in the town cen­tre, there’s some­thing magic about that.

“There were about 5,000 smil­ing faces and there were no prob­lems at all. Ev­ery­one en­joyed them­selves, this was a real fam­ily event in a real fam­ily town.

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who at­tended, they all be­haved them­selves and thor­oughly en­joyed them­selves: it was such a joy see­ing chil­dren have free­dom to move around as it takes place in a se­cure area.”

She added: “It felt like what Wok­ing­ham used to feel like and what it will feel like when all the works are done.”

Aus­tralianaIr­ish get the party started at the an­nual Wok­ing­ham

The Broad Street Tav­ern took to the great out­doors

The Broad Street Tav­ern took to the great out­doors

Fun­kline’s view of the crowds

All smiles as the mu­sic plays

Pic­tures this col­umn: Wok­ing­ham Town Coun­cil

The Trench­town Ex­pe­ri­ence

Fun­kline

Maya Cohen (8 months) en­joys the mu­sic

A young­ster checks her selfie

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