The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #69569   Message #1181270
Posted By: Phot
08-May-04 - 03:32 PM
Thread Name: 50th and last Sidmouth festival?
Subject: RE: 50th and last Sidmouth festival?
I rember when the "sound system" was run, mixed(!), and controlled by one bloke in the back of a Landrover, then when things got a bit more technical, Dennis Connibere, in his greenhouse on wheels! These days it seems to take two Artic's worth of Stage Electrics finest, a huge open ended marquee, a garden shed supported by much scaffolding, a technical crew of sound engininers, lighting technicains, huge mixing desks, light rigs that would'nt look out of place at a Iron Maiden gig.

I appreciate that we expect more from our entertainment these days, but are we losing touch with what Sidders is all about?

Sidmouth has always been, and I hope will always be about folk. Music, dance, customs, from far and wide, and our own traditions.

When EFDSS ran the festival there were so many more overseas teams than now, who will forget the Mexicans who needed a lorry to transport their two tons!! Of costumes? The French stilt dancers, who danced in the pouring rain, and only danced at normal level after two of their troupe had been carted off to hospital!

I really hope Sidders will continue, but does it really need to be this commercial?

See you in the Anchor, if not before...

Wassail!!

Chris