This year’s festival will be the 14th, quite a shock for the original organisers who had no idea it would prove to be so durable. Not that it will go on and on and on and on, like the eponymous batteries. Nothing, musically anyway, lasts for ever but whilst it’s still with us, let’s sing out some of its stars.
Headlining on the Friday will be the Sibun-Malone band, on the Saturday Sugaray Rayford and on the Sunday Gina Sicilia. These acts are all on the main stage, the de Valence Pavilion. Meanwhile, on Saturday’s acoustic stage, in Church House, the headliners are Mat Walklate and Alex Haynes. There is a workshop on the Sunday morning for all those budding harmonica players and two late night ‘star open mic sessions’ on the Friday and Saturday nights. Last, but not least, two Blues Trails with over 30 bands playing over 20 pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels from midday ‘til 7pm on the Saturday and Sunday. So, no excuse for not seeing live music that weekend. And the Blues Trails are FREE!
Over its life the festival has added over £2m to Tenby’s economy at a time of year the streets are normally empty. The joint benefit of cultured live music and quiet season financial boost was always the organisers’ mission and they seem to have succeeded. Why not see, and listen, for yourself: this year’s Festival runs between Friday 8th and Sunday 10th November.