#93. Canbury Gardens Bandstand, Kingston. 11.8.18.

 
After a 2 year absence, the cream of the FGSSA bands were assembled to make a welcome return to the sunny Canbury Gardens bandstand.
With the recent reappearance of traditional British Summertime weather it was great to see the rain hold off for the day. So allowing the stella bandstand line-up to entertain the Kingston riverside throng all afternoon long outside a packed Canbury Secret Café.
Incidentally this was the most relaxed setup to a gig ever. When the road crew turned up to set up the gear they discovered a yoga class in full flow on the bandstand. Turns out you can’t beat a good downward dog before a long day of rock & roll! I digress…
So, first to the bandstand were the seasoned alfresco entertainers, Op Acoustic, who kicked the afternoon off in style with their usual blend of laid back acoustic ambience & up beat harmonic magic. Just like the pied piper it wasn’t long until their tiny child attraction talents were in full effect and as their opening set drew to a close the bands tambourine needed to be extracted from the mini percussionists to enable the band to conclude with a cover of George Michael’s Faith.
Next up, the massed ranks (10 strong!) of the FU's (Feltham Ukuleles) took to the stage for their debut bandstand performance, providing a welcome change of style for the eager listeners. And even found time for a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday to the party who were lucky enough to be sharing the park with us.
Third band of the day, to the delight of the masses, were the never before heard 3 piece Lounge Phantoms (minus usual lead guitarist & bass player away on their hols). The remaining Phantoms stepped up to the mark & powered through a thoroughly entertaining set of their usual punk & pop covers delivered in a refreshingly different style than the usual full on electric onslaught.
Then, it was time for them to do it all over again, to the delight of all assembled. What a great afternoon. Thanks Kingston Council for letting us take over the bandstand for the afternoon, thanks to the very lovely Canbury Secret Café for looking after us so well (delicious tea & cake by the way), thanks to all the bands who took the time to give up their afternoon to provide the entertainment, and finally, huge thanks to all the crowd who supported us all so well all afternoon long. What a great day. Hope we can do it all over again next summer.

The 'Lounge Phantoms' were: Mark Gibson (lead vocals & keys), Jason Biggs (acoustic guitar & vocals) & Alun Westoll (tiny drums & vocals). With special guest Fin on Tambourine.
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