Berkofest a success - despite headline act Dan's near miss!
A festival headliner was left feeling a bit of a Twit '“ after a fan reminded the forgetful singer that he was due on stage in one hour.
The Feeling frontman Dan Gillespie Sells was shocked to discover from a fan on Twitter that he was performing his acoustic set at Berkofest in an hour’s time on Saturday, having put the gig in his diary for Sunday.
The singer had to ditch a visit to his Nan in Enfield and race to the festival – and buy a guitar on the way to the town’s cricket club venue.
Organisers were left sweating as Dan turned up with minutes to spare, but then realised his newly-purchased guitar was not up to the job.
Thankfully, a local professional musician was on hand to race back to his home and get Dan a six string that was up to scratch, and the frontman went on to wow crowds with an impromptu gig full of requests, as he hadn’t made a setlist!
Berkofest organiser Charlie Hussey told the Gazette: “We knew Dan was running a bit late, but we didn’t know the full story until he got there.
“He had to buy a guitar at a local shop in Enfield, but when he arrived he realised it wasn’t very good and didn’t have a strap.
“Luckily we had Jakko Jakszyk, who is the singer and guitarist for King Crimson, who was part of our house band.
“He lives locally and told Dan he had a lovely acoustic guitar that he could go home and get for him.
“So Dan went on stage with Jakko’s guitar and told the crowd the story. They loved it and he worked them so well, it was an amazing set.”
Dan went on to thank the fan who tweeted him and saved the day.
Other than that small hiccup, Mr Hussey said the festival went ‘fantastically’ for the crowd of nearly 2,000 people.
Also starring were Alabama 3 and John Power, as well as a host of new and local acts – all compered by comedian Robin Ince.
Anna Lou was chosen by the town’s Swan Youth Project to open the festival on Saturday, with The Voice Kids winner Jess Folley and folk activist Grace Petrie keeping crowds entertained.
And lots of youngsters were given their first festival experience at the Bullen’s New Music Stage.
Mr Hussey added: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped get Berkofest on, and thank everyone who came along and supported it.
“The weather was very kind to us, we only had 10 minutes shower between sets. It was brilliant to see everyone enjoying themselves.”