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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Gigs - CavFest - West Didsbury

Star rating – 8/10

If someone told you that there was going to be a community festival five minutes from where you live, in aid of the funding cuts to your local primary school, with great local bands and lots of lovely stalls selling nice things, and a bar - well in truth, what’s not to like?

Yesterday’s CavFest at Cavendish Road Primary School in the heart of West Didsbury was just great. While some PTAs may baulk at selling mulled wine at the Christmas Fair, this PTA have gone the whole hog and organised a music festival on their playing fields, with great bands and loads of activities for the smaller attendees too.

I can’t say I saw all the bands, or even ascended the climbing wall, but I had a lovely day eating cup cakes and drinking wine and listening to some great music with friends. I particularly liked The Rain Band, who are from Manchester, and being hailed as one of the ‘next big things’. They even had Miss Manchester herself, Rowetta, join them on their final number ‘The Prodigal’. She had to bring her handbag onto the stage with her – no flash changing rooms at CavFest! And I liked their attitude too – making time to play at this small community event after playing at the Ramsbottom Festival the same day. Shame the planned headliner Badly Drawn Boy went back on his word to play CavFest after most of the tickets had been sold and went for headlining at Ramsbottom instead – boo hiss...

There were also sets from ex Chameleons, James, and Inspiral Carpets members but we didn’t manage to catch them all. We popped put to the local eateries when we were peckish, and took cover in Archie and Mary’s for alcohol when the rain got too much towards the end of the day. But thanks to everyone who thought of and brought about this inspired event. West Didsbury rocks!

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