Whit Friday- favourite venues!

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by MattB, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. MattB

    MattB Member

    With the Whits very close I thought it might be fun to share our favourite stories of venues around the circuit. What's your favuorite venue, and why? I bet everybody has a funny story or two to tell about various goings on around the Whits? Please try not to insult or offend anybody!

    My favourite and most memorable venue is Micklehurst in 1995 (I think!). I was out with the school band, and as we pulled round the bend this massive plume of smoke was coming over the tops of the houses. As we pulled up to stop it was very obvious that the chippy was on fire! It didn't seem to bother the crowd watching the march though, they just carried on regardless!

    Very memorable that one. There's one about my sister in law zig zagging her way down the Grotton march late on one year, but thats more a personal highlight!

  2. DobX Dave

    DobX Dave Member

    Dobcross without a shade of doubt !

    Good venue to play at ~ perhaps the lighting could be better.
    Tremendous atmosphere.
    Knowledgeable audience.
    No lager louts ~ just the odd pea shooter (many years ago).
    Ideal for all the family.

    Downside being a short march and some bands have to change from marching down in five to four in a row.

    But I suppose I could be bias as I live there !
  3. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    I like playing Delph, but along with DobX they are two that we wont' be doing this year, There's no 3rd section prizes. so it's asking a band like mine to turn up and play for the fun of it. If we turn up and play a blinder, say we get into the top 15 and feel really proud of our performance, we still get no recognition for it. So we'll go to the other 8 Saddleworth contsts, where we can probably see all the big boys and enjoy playing, and know if we play well we've a chance of a trophy for the cabinet.

    I remember breaking down just outside Delph many years ago, walking back down the hill aong the route of the march and registered, played had a beer and the new coach was just pulling up!
  4. DobX Dave

    DobX Dave Member

    Slightly off subject/topic ~ but where do you find which village/contest has special prizes for lower sections bands.

    I was not aware of this and I assumed ~ obviously wrongly ~ that there were prizes throughout all sections.
  5. Colin D

    Colin D Member

  6. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    My favourite venue from last year was Grotton. The bevarages were so cheap it was brilliant. Hot Dogs or a bottle of coke for 50p
  7. DobX Dave

    DobX Dave Member

    Thank you
  8. Mephi

    Mephi Member

  9. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    atmosphere-wise, its gotta be dobx and delph in the evenings. Nearly get as good a reception as from a sober mainland european audience!!!
  10. Keith Stanley James Lever

    Keith Stanley James Lever Supporting Member


    Well, after playing for the scholars on Whit Friday morning in Mossley with The Mossley Band I retire to the bands club to have one of David Johnsons meat and potato pies with Joans mushie peas then a good pint of the clubs cheap ale, then after a couple of hours rest, around 4-00pm, we make our way onto the car park for a run through our chosen march, we send out our 'runner' to our first venue which is ALWAYS Upper Mossley, then we are off on an evenings enjoyment, after getting through eight,nine, or even ten venues we then retire back to the club for a few bevvies and socialise and you'll be suprised who pops into the club, I have met old acquaintances in that club I've never seen for years. NOW TO ME THAT'S WHIT FRIDAY.
  11. Boarshurst

    Boarshurst Member

    No doubt Dave Ashy will be visiting the club later in the evening to have a few beers with you Keith.
  12. Boarshurst

    Boarshurst Member

    If we are being a little biased, I will say that Greenfield takes it for me, its the only venue where you can play a street march top to bottom. Never any trouble and plenty of spectators applauding every band.
  13. tat

    tat Member

    Scouthead has a fair march on it, Good grub as well.
  14. Keith Stanley James Lever

    Keith Stanley James Lever Supporting Member

    More than likely I'll be having a few bevvies with him at Buxton on the 4th of May if Boarshurst go to that contest.
  15. sudcornet

    sudcornet Member

    The one in Tameside where you park across the road, then walk into the pub garden to play, with the adjudicator in a white van with the door slightly open....then the obviously drunk guy with a microphone says "next band...Yorkshire Imps - Mephisterpherless - oh b****r".

  16. m.f.cooper

    m.f.cooper Member

    I liked Dobcross in 2005, when Uni of Warwick played in their Green Hoodies as the "ASBO" band. Got a fair few laughs.

    And the same year in Delph, almost everyone playing the wrong instruments, with the entire crowd singing along to "Build me up Buttercup" (our road march) :-D

    Dobcross has a great crowd, but I love Delph so much. I missed out last year, so am really looking forward to it :)

    3 weeks and a few days! :-D
  17. Crazysop

    Crazysop Member

    I like Delph and Greenfield a lot mainly because the crowds are so supportive and always cheer you on, its a great buzz!!!
  18. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    For purely listening and taking it seriously, Delph for sure.

    For a great night out in a lovely village setting, DobX - the only disadvantage to playing here is if it's gone dark you can't see your music when marching down, there seems to be only one street light between the band club and the top of the main street!

    Mind you by that time you know it by heart anyway.............or think you do....
  19. m.f.cooper

    m.f.cooper Member

    This is where glowsticks hanging off your instrumen/lyre/hair/whatever can really help you. 1 each per village, though.
  20. Ali

    Ali Member

    Dobx anytime and everytime for me! Cant beat, especially if you live there!!!!

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