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Arts in Leicestershire Magazine
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Sunday 4th December
Queens Road Christmas Fair
Community fairs and events are always a good bet if there are some musicians to hear along with the stalls. Today's event in Queens Road, Clarendon Park, brought out the crowds despite the cold.
Scott Adams launched the musical lineup at Olive's Bar in Queens Road. A rich line-up of music treats was on offer during the after noon and evening in the bar with artists including Stevie Jones, Rob (of Weller-style/Push), Smokey Grass Mountain Boys, Alex Van Roose from the band Midnight Wire and Rose Island Republic.
Here's Rooster (Alex Van Roose), from the band Midnight Wire doing his solo set of lively indie songs which included some well known covers and some of his own compositions.
Meanwhile outside, listeners enjoyed a good line-up of artists on the main stage, including Charlie Jones from Charlie and the Martyrs, The Simpletones, The Moonlights, The Nukes Moccasin Mile and Rita & The Eagle. Here's The Kirkland Turn on stage:
Also outside was the Soft Touch Busking Stage featuring well known local artists Danny Greet, Ken Wilson, Hannah Hayley, Katie Sweeny and others. Here's Rhett Barrow, braving the sold and the wet weather, singing to the crowd:
Here's the mobile stage provided by Soft Touch, the community arts organisation based in Clarendon Park:
The weather worsened as the afternoon wore on but people were not deterred and continued to visit the large number of craft stalls and watch the live performances.
Altogether a good day out, music, stalls and many nice bars, shops and restaurants to cater for those needing a bit of respite from the chilly wind and the rain later on in the day.
With rides for the kiddies too, it was a family occasion that attracted local residents and other from around the city in large numbers.