Regular readers will be aware from my elderly parent post that things weren’t going my way earlier this year. I couldn’t do as much in the run up to Curiad Bangor Pulse as I did last year, so I asked people to take on the individual events . All I did was book the venues and set up the organising meetings. The result has been a better festival. With only one event to run (or in one case, two) people were able to give things their undivided attention. I did sound three times, for the spoken word and the comedy, which were dead easy, and for the Saturday marathon in the Skerries. I didn’t have to do any act booking* or stage managing at all.
Our venues were outstanding, making every effort to make us welcome and being as helpful as they could, in some cases going far beyond the call of duty. Thank you Mudshark Records, Rascals Bar, The Tap and Spile, The Crosville Club, Mudshark (again), The Skerries, The Belle Vue, The Skerries (again) and the Belle Vue (again).
I would also like to thank Paul, Roger, Peter, Andy, Paul (again) Karl, Will, Dave, Dave, Cecelia and Steve, who ran the individual events, booked the bands, singers, poets and comics, wrangled them and made my life so much easier.
We are blessed at Curiad Bangor Pulse by our volunteer crew, the people I’ve mentioned above, plus Viv, Jayke and Yannick. A number of them double up their roles, dealing with advertising, photography, social media etc. They are outstanding. Two members of the crew, Jayke and Paul, who hump gear, set up, take down and generally get the acts onto and off the stage with the minimum of fuss, were at every event this year (and last year). Theirs is the work on which the entire festival is built.
Thank you all for making this the biggest best and, for me, least stressful Curiad Bangor Pulse so far. If I’ve missed anyone, I can only apologise. It was not intentional.
Curiad Bangor Pulse should be back in October with Curiad Bach Mini Pulse. Hopefully it will run smoothly and will look effortless as this festival has. If it does, it will be down to the hard work and commitment of the people running it. You won’t see the work that they do, but you’d sure as hell notice if they didn’t do it.
*This is not strictly true, I did book the magician, by asking him over a coffee if he’d perform. He said yes. There was little or no effort involved on my part.