#71. DSRA Sports Day, Bath Uni. 26.6.15.
Back by popular demand… after the Phantoms provided a welcome
ray of sunshine at last years DSRA Sports Day, the band were
once again offered the opportunity to entertain the athletes at
this years DSRA flagship event.
After months of hard training at altitude (Feltham!), and with a
load of new songs added to the Phantoms Jukebox list, the band
were fighting fit and ready for the starting pistol.
With the choice of songs down to the athletes the band duly set
off on their marathon task to perform 3 epic sets of about 45
songs in total over the course of the afternoon to the assembled
throng in the athlete’s village at Bath Uni.
Resplendent in our bright yellow DSRA t-shirts (that really
attract bugs in the sunny weather – thanks DSRA!) the boys soon
worked up a sweat in the unexpected Bath sunshine. With the band
in fine form the music lasted long into the afternoon, though
sadly the sunshine didn’t! But just like last year, credit to
the girls from DMS Whittington who danced the afternoon away,
rain or shine. Also thanks to the sports massage team in the
adjacent tent who assisted certain band members through the
marathon endurance test.
Memorable moments included the crowds great response to 80’s
classic ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’, our lead guitarist making a
break for it mid song during The Who’s ‘My Generation’ (one too
many beers I think to blame!) and the Phantoms front man joining
the dancing punters out front during the encore of ‘The Time
Warp’ (aided by his new radio mic).
Thanks to everyone that chose a song (see setlist), thanks for
taking the time to listen to us (not that you get much choice as
we are quite loud!) & huge thanks to Joe at DSRA for inviting us
to again play and provide the entertainment.
And the good news: we have already been asked back again next
year! Hooray! Let’s hope the organisers don’t choose to complete
with the Glastonbury Festival again as it’s bound to rain! Start
praying for sunshine now!
Oh, and finally, with the DSRA celebrating their 25th
anniversary there was talk before the event of celebrity guests!
So who was it then that joined the Phantoms on stage? Lady Ga Ga? Kylie?
Well, no-one as it turned out! Not even the Chuckle Brothers!
Maybe next year!
The Phantoms were: Mark Gibson (lead
vocals & keys), Kevin Rogers (guitar), Jason Biggs (guitar & vocals), Jon Novice (bass & vocals) & Alun Westoll (drums