London, UK – WAKEmanFEST is the brainchild
of Rob Ayling from Gonzo Multimedia and was conceived as a three day event that
would revolve around people Rick Wakeman has worked with spanning over 40 years
in the music industry and his own band, The English Rock Ensemble. The festival
will run Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November.
The event will be held at the legendary Boston Gliderdrome in
Lincolnshire. The venue started life as a roller skating rink, but began to
attract musical acts in the 1950’s. The
venue’s golden age came after it was rebuilt in 1964 following a fire. The rink
remained but the Starlight Rooms opened and the biggest names in pop headed to
the east of England, which includes Yes, The Kinks, Small Faces, Elton John,
T.Rex and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.
Says Rick, “I wanted to create a festival I
would want to go to myself. We have chosen as the venue for this 3 day event,
The Boston Gliderdrome in Lincolnshire because of its amazing history. I
remember playing there many times over the years, especially with YES. We are
also hoping to organising various hotel deals for people to book into as well.
It all starts on the Friday with a full day Saturday and a very special charity
day on the Sunday which finishes around 5pm so everybody can head off home”.
As of June 1st, WAKEmanFEST is lining up
Friday October 30th
Registration from 2:00pm
Video room open showing RW and related
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Q&A with Cadbury
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Q&A with The 3 (or
possibly 4) Wakeman’s.
7:30 – 8:15pm – The Cadbury Sisters.
9:00 – 11:00pm – Wakeman Cubed.
Saturday October 31st
Video room running all day
VIP room open all day
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Q&A with cast of Sir
Henry of Rawlinson’s End.
4.30pm – 5:00pm – Q&A with Rick &
The English Rock Ensemble
5.30pm – 6.00pm – Q&A with The Electric
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s
End.(Rick Wakeman guesting)
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Strawbs (with Rick
Wakeman guesting at end)
10:00pm – 11:30pm – English Rock Ensemble
Sunday November 1st
11:30am – Reception before buffet lunch
Midday – 2:00pm – lunch and table magic
During lunch – Three games people for
people to play with all proceeds to the Grand Order of Water Rats plus an
2:00pm – 2:30pm – The Philharmonic Skiffle
2:35pm – 3:00pm – Magician !
3:05pm – 3:45pm – Kevin Orkian
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Rick Wakeman & The
English Rock Ensemble – Chrissie Hammond also making a guest appearance.
Says Rick, “The Cadbury Sisters supported
me on my last tour and were absolutely amazing. Everybody simply loved them.
“The Electric Strawbs of course will be
very special as I will be joining them for 2 pieces. The Hangman and the Papist
and also Where is this Dream of our Youth…and I will be using an original
Hammond L100 similar to the one I used on the original recording at the Queen
“Sir Henry of Rawlinson’s End is that
wonderful piece written by the late Viv Stanshall who I worked with. Mike
Livesley does an amazing version which I join in with every year at the
Bloomsbury Theatre. His entire 11 piece band (plus me) will be performing it.
“The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra
are heavily connected to the Water Rats who will benefit from the Sunday which
will be a great day of entertainment. High Energy Music & Comedy
“Kevin Orkian is a music and comedy genius
and also a Water Rat, hence his appearance which is not to be missed!
“All in all, it is going to be a really fun
weekend and also the launch of the new book company HaGaTaS and there will be
readings going on in adjoining rooms as well, so something happening all the
time. We plan this to be an annual event and really hope people will enjoy
themselves…expect an early visit from father Xmas as well!”
For more information: www.wakemanfest.com
Gonzo Multimedia: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/
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