Saturday, 31 July 2021

Youngsters to play at Music on Meadows

MORE than 20 young musicians and bands will perform at the third Music on the Meadows

MORE than 20 young musicians and bands will perform at the third Music on the Meadows festival in Henley on July 16.

The free family event will take place on Mill Meadows from noon to 10pm and the riverside bandstand will serve as a stage.

The festival will be opened by Henley Mayor Julian Brookes and Jayson Jaurigue, who owns Henley talent agency Eight Ray Music.

Mr Jaurigue will compere the afternoon alongside musicians Georgia Michel and Mollie Marriott, the daughter of the Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott.

There will be acoustic and electric performances and Henley DJ Ross Duncan will play music between the acts.

The headline act will be Here Comes The Sun featuring Henley residents Matt Richardson (vocals), Hugo Loudon on (drums), Jerry Soffe (bass) and Pete Brown (guitar).

Members of Henley’s Acorn Music Theatre Company will also perform.

There will be vans and stalls selling food from around the world, a Pimm’s and cocktail bar and a bar run by Magoo’s in Hart Street, which hosts regular acoustic gigs for Henley youngsters.

Rose Tolhurst, from Shiplake, will lead hoop dancing workshops and Henley’s Chi and La Medusa hair salons will create hair sculptures.

Organiser Maggie Atkinson said: “We’ve got some amazing young talent locally and this gives them a platform to show the wider community what they’re capable of.

“It will be a fun and relaxing afternoon. We’re really looking forward to it and are praying for good weather.”

There will be collections for Brass for Africa, a charity that teaches music in some of the continent’s poorest countries, and towards the running costs of the Magoo’s gigs.

The festival was first held in 2013 to commemorate George Harrison, who lived at Friar Park in Henley before his death in 2001. It was held again in 2014 but therewas no festival last year.

Ten of the young acts will also be performing in the Bedouin Tent on the Sunday of this year’s Henley Festival, which starts on Wednesday.

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