Sheerness Freemasons Organise a Successful Music Festival
While not on the scale of Glastonbury or Reading, Sheerness Freemasons held a successful outdoor music festival on the grounds of the Sheppey Sports and Social Club on 4th July. Almost 1000 local music lovers attended “SonicFest15” on the sunshine island where the fun-loving crowds were entertained by two great music acts and a club DJ ‘banging out the tunes’ as he put it.
Entry wristbands had been on sale from local outlets for a few weeks beforehand and no-one was permitted entry without one. A professional security team was employed to ensure the safety of everyone present.
The gates opened at 7pm, enticed by the offer of a “Happy Hour” at the Bar. By 8.30pm the venue at the Sheppey Sports and Social Club was packed with an anticipating crowd ready for the first act.
First up was Nick Woods, a singer and guitarist similar in style to Ed Sheerhan. Nick plays his own material and a variety of reworked covers including an excellent version of Rhianna’s “Diamonds”. Nick, who is in his early twenties, is an accomplished performer who clearly has a big future ahead of him in the music industry.
He has performed at the O2 Arena in London and has recently returned from a successful tour of the US, where he supported some major acts as well as performing solo in a variety of major venues.
Paul ‘Wils’ Wilson of the Sid James Scooter Club then took to the decks to play some ‘tunes’ to get the crowd in the mood for the headline act: “Blighty”.
Blighty is a local band in their forties with a large following of fans aged between 30 and 60. They play a mix of music from The Who, Stones, Oasis, and the Jam, as well as some more modern songs from such bands the Kings of Leon. They finished their set with what has become their adopted anthem of “Don’t Look Back In Anger” with the crowd in good vocal support.
The evening finished with a wind down session from DJ Wils and everyone went home happy.
One of the organisers, Sheerness Freemason Tim Pierpoint, said: “The evening was both a social and financial success and the profit of over £3000 will go towards a new lift at the Sheerness United Masonic Club”.