If it was anything like it was for us then you had a pretty good day!
The stage was set, the charcoal was burning and our glasses were charged as Lymm favourites ‘The Black Sheep’ took to the stage to kick off the fun as the glorious sunshine beamed down on to the garden. Led by our good friend Alley from ‘The Venue’ the trio rattled through classic sing along covers to get us all in the mood.
As our Bombay Sapphire bar racked up the cocktails, Dave Sharp was next up with his unique brand of storytelling and driving blues. It was a mesmerising performance as the garden filled up with more and more revellers. Next up were Lancashire father and son duo ‘The Suttons of Swing’, who ripped into the eponymous track (albeit with a slight lyric change) with blistering acoustic guitars. At points singer John was even playing stood on the tables amongst the crowd!
Our next act was the ever popular and charismatic Matt Fearon, who’s voice I’m sure made a few festival goers fall a little bit in love. Finishing the set with a barnstorming rendition of ‘Don’t look back in anger’ he finished on a high leading the whole garden in mass chorus.
Local girls ‘Faith’ have earned themselves a great reputation on the local gig and festival circuit recently and boy did they live up to there billing. Their vocal harmonies soared as the crowd pleasing duo took us into the evening on yet another high. So high in fact that I ended up on the roof of the pub to get a better vantage point for photos of the set.
Multi instrumentalist Jon Brindley was next, swapping between acoustic guitar and the fiddle at a whim with a phenomenal collection of blues and folk numbers, causing sections of the audience to break out into an ‘attempt’ at an Irish jig!
Last up was our headline act ‘Clark & Paige’. At this point I was counting my lucky stars that we were in the garden because if there had of been a roof they would have blown it off! Stu Clark’s stunning axemanship set the tone as singer Ben Paige blazed through a set that kept the garden rocking to the very end.
I can’t talk about the Grillfest without mentioning the grill itself. Our Church Green barbecues have become legendary and Sunday’s was no exception. Aiden and brother Louis kept the revellers fed throughout the day with a beautiful array of meats, fish and salads to fuel the party. There really is no barbecue like a Church Green barbecue!
It felt like a perfect day, but of course there was a secret ingredient… YOU! We would like to say a huge thank you to all of you festival goers who came down and supported us and the local bands. You all made the atmosphere fantastic and it couldn’t have happened without each and every one of you.
And finally, If you’re reading this feeling you’ve missed out, here’s some good news…
Grillfest will return, bigger and better in 2017!!
Posted by Adrian C