Last night's MIdsummer Music was ASET's 10th annual musical picnic in the park. They promised to make it the best ever and laid on two fantastic headline acts.
The weather was kind too. After a week of strong winds and rain, the promised high pressure arrived in the nick of time and the large numbers of picnickers even saw the sun. For once, there was never even a hint of rain!
King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys are described as the world's greatest swing band and have been on the road for over twenty years. They've played with the likes of BB King and Ray Charles and last night, you could see why.
They are, quite simply, great musicians and equally great entertainers, all helped by last night's fabulous sound quality – it gets better each year at this event – which meant all could enjoy the music to the full.
Returning for a second year, The Westenders took the event by storm, warming us up with songs from Joseph, Grease, Phantom, WestSide Story, Les Miserables and more.
With quick-fire costume changes adding vivid colour to their performance, they swung into the ever popular Queen numbers from We Will Rock You and ABBA's from Mama Mia. Suddenly hundreds were up dancing in front of the stage.
As the night reached it's finale, with loud cries for more, the Westenders obliged and seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience before the evening ended with the traditional fireworks.
ASET delivered just what they promised – a great night's entertainment. Visitors must wonder how a relatively small village can manage such quality events. The answer is an amazing team of volunteers, The Audlem Special Events Team, who somehow, for ten years, have kept up an incredible level of enthusiasm and professionalism.
A great night in every way – our thanks to Phil Baker for the photographs.
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