AFTER a record-breaking 2017 event, Stroud Fringe Festival is to take a break in 2018. The organisers of the popular Stroud Fringe festival have announced the event will not take place in 2018, to allow them to plan a “Fringe for the Future”. Like other events – including Glastonbury festival – the Stroud Fringe will have a ‘fallow’ year to give organisers time to respond to soaring attendance figures and plan for 2019 and the long-term success of the festival. A record-breaking 25,000 people attended the Stroud Fringe last year, making the event a major success story for the Stroud District and its businesses. However, as visitor numbers have soared, so has the cost of running the event. The huge cost of crowd safety has pushed the overall cost of the fringe to around £100,000. The event is run by a not-for-profit organisation that relies on support from local councils, businesses and individuals. Volunteer organisers Lotte Lyster, … [Read more...] about Stroud Fringe Festival will not take place in 2018
Stroud fringe festival
Roots superstate Natty will appear a the Sub Rooms in Stroud this weekend, supported by up and coming Strou performer Emily Musto. Hailing from North London Natty grew up surrounded by an eclectic mix of sounds from Neil Young to Bob Marley. Although interested enough in music to write songs from an early age it was while working in Sphere Studios, Battersea that discovered his talent. By day he was engineering for some of the biggest names in pop music, and by night this gave him the inspiration to nurture his own sounds. Soon he gained a devout following from his open mic sessions and Vibes and Pressure nights which have seen the likes of Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Wretch32 and Dawn Penn perform. The success of his debut album Man Like I captivated the well deserved attention of the UK media and press and established Natty on the international festival circuit. TV Highlights include performing on Later with Jools Holland, ITV News and the BBC Electric Proms. During his … [Read more...] about Roots superstar Natty in Stroud this weekend
John Light hails Dursley and Stroud, the less frequently lauded towns of the Cotwolds Cirencester is known as the capital of the Cotswolds and rightly so. It has a handsome market place, dominated by the fine Parish Church and is the seat of the ninth Earl Bathurst, whose handsome park provides space and beauty. Painswick, sitting handsomely on its limestone spur is, of course, the Queen. With her handsome church steeple and buildings of an especially light Cotswold stone she is the epitome of grace. What of Stroud and Dursley? My father called Stroud the ‘Backstairs of the Cotswolds’. John Betjeman, who made pompous claims about so many places, substituted the word backstairs for a more unpleasant word, beginning with ‘A’. Both were wrong. Stroud, with its fine record of industry and invention deserves a much more worthy title. Dursley, now happily coming to terms with the loss of R A Lister, is fighting back spiritedly, and must not be left out. … [Read more...] about In praise of the Cotswolds’ working towns
A new regular DJ night in Stroud, called Stroud Sessions, will launch at the end of January with the aim of providing a platform for the best talent in the area. Featuring only performers from the five valleys it will feature DJs playing from a wide range of genres from hip hop to house, and funk to bashment. The mastermind behind the event is Tom Monobrow, who is part of the hugely popular Stroud Calling collective, as well as a co-founder of the Stroud Block Party which draws bumper crowds to the Stroud Fringe Festival every year. Speaking of his motivation behind setting up the regular DJ showcase Tom said: “There is so much talent in the district in relation to DJ culture, I really want to provide an opportunity for up and coming DJs to play in front of a friendly and appreciative crowd.” The first event is set to take place at the recently re-opened Marshall Rooms, and features guests SPW (GFM) and DJ Darius (Crooked Stylus) as well as the resident DJ and … [Read more...] about New Stroud DJ night will provide platform for district’s talent
THERE is much talk and difference of opinions regarding the sale of the Sub Rooms. There seem to be two camps - one that support Ecotricity buying it to become and office and a public venue, and the other believes it should stay as it is. There definitely needs to be change - it costs the council too much money, and few people use it. On paper, a publicly supported art centre with a theatre, bar, café, rooms for hire and tourist information, placed in the centre of a culturally engaged socially active community should be a hive of activity. Stroud has a thriving events calendar, a need for venues for activities for young and old, (yoga classes, ballet, judo), weddings, public meetings, a central hub for all things Stroud. We want music, drama, dance, comedy, films, poetry, art, beer, coffee, food, market stalls - a central meeting focus to our community, so how has the Sub Rooms failed? Ecotricity are not the right people to do this. They are not in the arts and … [Read more...] about Reader’s letter: We own Subs!