Fantastic First Festival for AldingBOOM!


DSCN3095In the radiant heat of the summer solstice weekend AldingBOOM was launched at the Aldingbourne Country Centre. Organised by local charities Aldingbourne Trust and L’Arche, together with Chichester Music Academy, it was the first AldingBOOM to be held at the Country Centre.

Crowds relaxed and boogied under the iconic Oak Tree to enjoy music from excellent bands such as Sticky Rhythms, Solace, East Head, TF Bundy, Neo, Mike Fry & the FT, Living Large and talented students from Chichester Music Academy.

The enchanting Woodland Stage hosted a range of talent: Superstar Choir, Debi John, Ed Goodale, Dan Breen, The Muddy Lane String Band, Trevor Clawson, Award winning Aimee Mackenzie, CLJ, Sarita, Chris & Micky Janman.  The woodland was full of harmonies and people chilling around the grass roof Bothy that provided a perfect natural stage.

The festival goers were able to enjoy these fantastic acts and also take in the other attractions at the Country Centre – Open Farm, mini golf, make a musical instrument workshops. Delicious hog roast and beer was provided by Rumshack, Pinks Vintage Ice Cream came in ‘Patsy’ the ice cream van, many children were sporting works of art on their faces courtesy of Face Paint 4U and taking a spin in the Tea Cup Rides.  Music Workshops with Nyodema Drummers and Mike Fry were a great hit; the authentic African Drummers encourage people to pound away on their drums creating a brilliant ‘jungle’ rhythm.

“It was fabulous way to spend a Sunday, in a fantastic environment surrounded by some very kind and friendly people” said Katy Alston of Pinks Vintage Ice Cream.  One person who attended was looking forward to 2015: “It was an AMAZING day! Well done all, please do it again soon.”

Nicki Clarke, an AldingBOOM organiser, said: it was a fantastic day; we had brilliant weather, bands and attractions – you can not ask for more for an event. Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy the day and support us. The performers were exceptional and very talented. The Stage and Sound Technicians did a great job and provided an very professional set. We are very grateful to everyone who was involved and we look forward to AldingBOOM 2015.

The event was a fundraiser for Aldingbourne Trust and L’Arche Bognor Regis, both of whom support adults with learning disabilities in West Sussex.  The charities would like to thank Nick Davidson, Chichester Music Academy for playing a key role as an AldingBOOM organiser and invited some performers.