Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to a festival jam packed with excitement and performances, from dancing to diablos; singing to stilts? Well, despite the weather, you came in your hundreds to see the amazing acts that Y Pant had to offer writes Siôn Greaves.
The day started in complete chaos. To kick off the problems, we had just discovered that the £200 drum kit had a great big hole punched through it. Not the best start as you can imagine. So in panic, a couple of phone calls were made and we discovered that Mr Thomas had already ordered new skins for the drum kit and they were due on the day. But like Mr Thomas himself, they were nowhere to be seen! The one man who had spent hours of hard work organising the festival and knew every single little detail about the arrangements had vanished. Luckily a sixth former arrived with his own drum kit after three journeys in his car; like me, his sound check had been due an hour before. At last the first problem was sorted. As the day went by, the setbacks kept piling up. But deep down we knew that all the running around, finding, travelling and screaming would all be worth the effort as the glorious thought of playing in front of hundreds kept with us and spurred us on. I couldn’t complain anyway; it was better than having lessons all day!
After the madness of rehearsals and sound checks, it was finally time for the performances. We had all put in hours of work for this one moment, our one moment of glory. It was here! With Mr Pearsall’s screaming shirt and cheesy jokes at the ready, it was Showtime.The show started with a bang as the Gene Simmons -style plastered face of Andrew Parker immediately got the crowd up from their seats and dancing to the classic sound of Robbie Williams’ masterpiece ‘Let Me Entertain You’. What a start; we could all tell that this was going to be a night to remember. Up next was a variety of songs featuring James Davies, Ed Jones, Ashley Evans and Jack Langmead. With songs such as the all-time favourite ‘Summer of ‘69’, the crowd were thoroughly entertained by the face-melting guitar solos, the heart- pounding drums and the melodic vocals. This top quality act was soon followed by a combination of rhythmic samba drumming and vibrant cheerleading. Together, they made the perfect combination of music and dance. It was obvious that both the rhythms and the routines had been polished to perfection.
As the night continued, the acts showed their brilliance in a cluster of colour and sound. We saw acts such as an air guitar medley in which George Glew and I showed our skills through music. George played a killer combination of legendary rock songs including; ‘Iron man’, Let’s Dance to Joy division’, ‘Back in Black’ and many, many more. Meanwhile, I bashed along on the thundering drums. Other acts included the circus team in which we saw an awe-inspiring display of skills; various year 12 bands, and some amazing vocal pieces. E3+’s ‘Playing in a rock band’ featured four great up and coming bands. They performed such songs as ‘My hero’ played by Minority , ‘Miss Murder’ by Bleeding Hearts, ‘Devil may cry’ by local metal band Phobia and our band (Third Hero) who had worked extremely hard on getting the song ‘ Times like These’ perfect down to the last riff. To top off the show, we were all amazed by the sound and spectacle of ‘Schools will Rock You’. Various schools united as one voice to sing a perfect blend of tracks. This really was the icing on the cake.
In the words of Mr Thomas – this festival was a success before it even started. YPF 08 showed the world what talent we have here at Y Pant and it gave us all an opportunity to express it. On behalf of everyone who performed on July the 4 th, I would like to thank the music department, everyone at e3+ and of course the audience because without these people, this show wouldn’t have been the massive success that it was.
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