A-list models, popular musicians and artists set for Kelvedon Bash
PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 May 2017
Kelvedon Hall’s history stretches all the way back to the Domesday Book and a new festival within its grounds hopes to become just as significant for years to come.
The Kelvedon Bash, from June 30 to July 2, is a music, arts and culture festival where people can watch great live performances and take part in a range of interactive shows and workshops in the surroundings of a grade I listed building.
The festival has been organised by Paul Saunders, owner of Westbank Art Gallery, and Katie Channon, whose husband Henry inherited the estate in Brentwood, and both hope that the three-day event will become a mainstay on the local calendar.
“I started thinking about it because I have got some land at the back of my house and I wanted to give something back to the community, something big and exciting that could genuinely give something back,” Katie told the Recorder.
“From that I bumped into Paul and it was like a snowball, our partnership is integral to the whole thing. What we are trying to achieve is to give people a more tailored and one-on-one experience.”
Paul added: “It’s like a house party that you’re invited to. I hope it’s something that people go to and remember.”
What sets the Kelvedon Bash apart from other festivals is that whilst you can enjoy some great music, acts and food there will also be a number of activities available that you won’t find anywhere else in London or Essex.
“To be honest we are cutting right across the board, we are keeping it very family orientated in the day and the music is for an adult crowd,” said Paul.
“During the day there’s lots and lots of classes, there’s so much to do, and it gets more music orientated in the evening.
“We have things like graffiti classes, acting and stuff that you see online that you never get around to doing. We are offering them the experience of these things all over the three days.”
One of the workshops at the multi-layered event will help children with public speaking and it is these types of activities that Paul believes people will be able to take something away from. “It helps children with public speaking, these classes are something that you can really benefit from,” said Paul.
“The graffiti classes, for instance, we are doing six classes a day. We help them make a graffiti name and there’s an option to make your own stencil. People love it, it’s a big big thing for kids, it’s something they treasure.”
“You’re hoping to sow a seed in a child’s mind that makes them think outside the box,” Katie added.
Even if your not comfortable orating in front of an audience or picking up a brush you can still get involved with shows like Art Battle that sees artists attempt to create a masterpiece in 30 minutes in front of a live crowd which votes for the winner.
If you’re more of a follower of fashion you won’t want to miss the New Young Face of Essex model search which will be judged by a “huge” celebrity model who is yet to be revealed.
If you just want to pop along for some great music you’ll be able to see acts like Sister Bliss of Faithless rocking the main stage. For Katie and Paul it will hopefully be the first event of many and they hope to see you there.
“We’re bringing something into Essex that you won’t get to find anywhere else in one really diverse event and the music we have picked has been tailored for this experience.”
“Come and witness something new for a change and be at the beginning of the journey – this is the start of something beautiful. Be the first to come and see that, it’s the first of many hopefully.”
For more information and to buy tickets go to kelvedonbash.com.