Rugby Spring Fair basked in glorious sunshine for the first time in several years on Bank Holiday Monday (7/5), with the temperature soaring and a cloudless sky bringing the crowds out to Whitehall Recreation Ground near the town centre.
Rugby Area Talent Trust was very proud to have organised over 6 hours of live music for the event across two stages – an impressive TruckStage at the north end of the event and an acoustic stage in the RATTtent (which was coupled with the beer tent) which offered a more intimate setting for performers and audience alike.
And what a show it was, with 19 talented young artists from the town and two local bands turning in outstanding performances and impressing everyone that saw and heard.
The TruckStage programme included sets from local duo Jess & Tim, who opened the event, a fantastic medley of songs from the musical Les Miserable staged by Tom Wood and his team, a confident and inspiring performance from Regional TeenStar finalist Oliwia Dragon, impressive newcomer Abz Winter from Big Help Music, and a fun pop set from local 5-piece close harmony girl-band The Millenniums. During the day the live music was interspersed with other acts and attractions organised by The Rotary Clubs of Rugby who deliver the Spring Fair every year.
Rounding off the afternoon on the main stage were blues band Trafficker and local covers band Last Lesson.
Meanwhile in the RATTtent a whole series of acoustic acts entertained an enthralled crowd all day. Rugby Area Talent Trust regulars Lewis Graham, Emily Goodwin and Theo Gladman took sets alongside new acts The Roberts Family, Lucinda White, and Ree Reasby (Big Help Music). The Millenniums and Jess & Tim also entertained on the acoustic stage as well as appearing on main stage.
David Head, trustee at RATT said “This was the best Spring Fair RATT has been involved in yet. The combination of great music, a big crowd, and beautiful weather made it all quite special. Congratulations are due to the three Rotary Clubs of Rugby for great event organisation and providing super facilities for everyone involved. I am sure they would have raised many thousands of pounds again for local charities – it’s amazing what they do and the work they put in.
“For our young performers to have the opportunity to entertain a large crowd is quite special and really enhances what Rugby Area Talent Trust does to support them.
“We are already looking forward to May 2019!”