Running for it’s 5th year, this years Concert at the Kings was set to be the biggest one yet, with an impressive lineup consisting of Marmalade, 10cc, suzi quatro, big country and the SAS band all playing on the main stage, and smaller local bands playing on the second.
There were local busses also organised presumably to reduce the number of cars coming on and off the site, and of course so the attendees could have a drink and not have to worry about taxis home again. Taxis in rural Wiltshire are hard enough to come by at the best of times, let alone with a 5000 person event happening.
The one day event is run by locals who include members of a few old bands and is probably how they have the contacts to attract well known acts to what is essentially a relatively small local festival compared to the weekend long ones you’ve probably already heard of. The money raised by the event is donated to charity, this years benefactors being Macmillan, Hope for Tomorrow and Above & Beyond, all related to Cancer.
It has to be said this is really an event for the grown ups though, with acts that anybody much under 40 is unlikely to remember the crowd mainly consists of those betwween 40 and 65 with a few kids who’ve been dragged along by their parents. A far cry from the heady crowd at Glastonbury, Reading festival or Boomtown!
Although this year the Concert at the Kings did have one thing in common with Galstonbury festval….. the RAIN! I’ve been to Glastonbury in my youth when it’s either rained all weekend or rained leading up to it, either way it’s wellies and standing rather than sitting around on the ground listening to your favourite bands. This years Concert at the Kings was the same. Watching the weather report leading up to the event there was a distinct dark cloud hanging over the Saturday of the festival, unfortunately that dark cloud decidded to let loose late in the morning and drench the crowd right through to early evening when it cleared away. Most came prepared with waterproofs and folding chairs, although I suspect from looking at the crowd, a number of people just decided to give it a miss.
The tickets were sold out in advance of the event, so although the numbers have not yet been released, I suspect they still raised a fair amount for the charities.
I suppose for an event in May, they have been very lucky up until now, with fine weather, but that’s the chance you take holding an outdoor event in May, I’m sure next year will be back to the luck they’ve had with it in previous years though!