Just one week to Volksfest
ONE week and counting... Volksfest is revving up for next weekend.
All the signs are that with three stages of wall-to-wall entertainment this is going to be the best bash at Newnham Park yet, spilling over five days.
"This year's cabaret tent has the fullest and most varied programme to date," says promoter Ray Rose, "We have drawn on the successes of previous years and we're mixing comedy with cabaret, music and 'bandaoke'.
"This time we have Steve Shanyaski, who is an up-and-coming comedian, who has made several appearances already on BBC TV and we also have cabaret funnyman Ash Mandrake, who makes full use of props to pile on the humour.
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"We're committed to supporting local comedy so we have the excellent Rick O'Shay, stalwart of the local club scene, and he's appearing as his alter ego with side kick Dave Banana in the Sensational Barnet Brothers – a regular pre match Fans Fest at Home Park."
No Volksfest would be complete without an appearance by The Belfast Busker who has proved a big hit in previous years, especially with the VW crowd. City-based Irish singer/comedian Black Jack Davey is on the bill, too.
"We're delighted to welcome back the ever-popular Radio All Stars with their brand of 'bandaoke'" says Ray, "that's karaoke but in band form. This bunch of very talented musicians have a repertoire extending to hundreds of tunes, so as long as it's not too obscure they're likely to be able to back any one who can hold a tune and fancies a go at fronting a band."
Other music acts gracing the cabaret stage include The Blues Brothers tribute and the Drat Pack, and there will be sets from popular singer/songwriters Nick The Fish, Joe Biddle, Andy Brice, and acoustic ensemble May and the Midnight Fairground. Also up is as a performance from cabaret band Dox Rox and burlesque dancing from Kitty Kane and her crew.
There are over 60 different children and family activities around the festival site including day-time kids' discos and Ash Mandrake running a children's comedy workshop.
And of course there's a choice of viewing across the two main stages with highlight performances likely to come from Hard Fi, The Blockheads, Marky Ramone's Blitz Krieg, Dub Pistols, Mad Dog McRea and Backbeat Soundsystem in the big top and from the People's String Foundation, King Porter Stomp, Wille and the Bandits, Black Friday and The Scribes among many more on the Infinite Stage.
A weekend ticket will cost £45 for adults, or you can pay £25 for a whole day of entertainment while family weekend tickets are available for £100. And remember, you don't have to have a VW to attend the festival!