This August saw our inaugural Stroud Mastersounds weekender, with an incredible range of performances by musicians from near and far. Let's take a moment to recap...
Our first ever Mastersounds weekend kicked off on Friday with Deptford Northern Soul Club supported by Andy Edwards. As the ballroom filled up, the vibe from the crowd was amazing, with such a wide range of ages and people united through music. With an all-vinyl selection for during both performances, there were non-stop bangers all night. DNSC club couldn't stop saying how happy they had been with the show and how great the crowd had been - it was wonderful to see everyone leave smiling, and thoroughly danced out.
Despite the rather miserable weather, we persevered with keeping the vibes going outside on our Forecourt. MAMA's Family Food weren't deterred and got set up to sell their delicious cuisine. In a rather quirky Sub Rooms first, our sound techs got Marcel Lune & Friends set up and spinning tunes to the Forecourt through the Box Office window. Our prayers to the weather gods paid off and by the afternoon pints, teas and coffees got flowing as people gathered together to enjoy the music outside.
Afriquoi and Bro arrived, smashing their respective sound checks - we knew it was going to be a pretty special night. Local legend DJ Robbie Duncan got the night going with an amazing Amapiano Set and the crowd began to steadily grow throughout the evening. We often get feedback from musicians that the crowd here is brilliant - yet again, you lot didn't disappoint and got up and dancing Afriquoi's infectious sound. It was an amazing show all round, featuring some awesome crowd participation and incredible musicianship from the band.
Sunday rolled on and it was the perfect cool-down day to finish an eclectic weekend of music, featuring outstanding selections all day long from Sound Record's Tropical Fiesta. This was a great moment to look back on a successful first year of our Mastersounds Festival, yes there were a few hiccups to learn from but we're incredibly proud of how the weekend turned out.
Roll on next time! We'll see you there....