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Watchet Music Festival 2019
Behind the Scenes a review by Annie Cole Photography
Its Been a Long Year Since I Rock n Rolled .. at Watchet Music Festival
The phone line was buzzing one evening after a phone interview (the First) with John Kidd Volunteer MC main stage at Watchet Music Festival.
John has lived in and around West Somerset for all his life. He has had a lifelong interest in music and at the age of 40 John was coerced without much persuasion into playing with a band and now play's with South West rock band The Rough Justice.
I asked John how he got involved with Watchet Music Festival?
Rough Justice have played at Watchet Festival on several occasions, we love playing at the festival it's very personal, friendly and has a great atmosphere. It's a large enough festival to cope with the people but remains small enough to be intimate and up close and personal. Mark Bale Festival Director approached me and asked me if I would MC the main stage I said hell yeah I will try anything once!! I have been at Watchet as a volunteer for the last 7 years and love every minute of my time there.
What to you most enjoy about being MC?
All the artists I work with are very friendly and welcoming. I really enjoy working on the main stage and back stage. I enjoy talking to the artists before they perform and getting some details direct from them everyone I have met over the years has been very approachable.
Where do you see the future of live music?
Live music is now more popular than it was 10 years ago. There was a slump in live music about 2007. Pubs and clubs weren't booking artists and it got difficult to find a good gig. The biggest drive is that music is now available 24/7 people can access everything they need to listen, learn and play instruments, and sing. There are some very popular music venues in the South West and these pubs, clubs and festivals keep the live music scene going.
What has influenced your musical tastes?
I grew up on a diet of 1960's music, The Kink's, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple,and The Beatles. My family were into folk music, at the age of 9 I discovered rock music: T Rex, Sweet and in later years Punk: The Undertones and The Sex Pistols to name a few artists. In recent years I really enjoy listening to The Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and Guitar/rock based music . I am also partial to a bit of Pink Floyd.
What impacts on your musicality personally?
My mood and emotions impact on what I listen to and what I sing and play. It all depends on where I am in life, my environment and what is going on around me at the time.
How do you see Watchet festival in the community?
The festival has a very positive impact. Watchet town is a rarity, it is probably the most community driven town I know in Somerset. Every one is very supportive of the festival and this brings people together through music and entertainment. People visiting the festival also go into the town, this increases revenue for local businesses and they get to enjoy music which also goes on in local venues.
I asked John to give me a quote . He said “when I step out on stage I see friends I know and friends I have yet to meet”.
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