HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD KINGS ARMS FESTIVAL 2012
 

Star date: 21st October 2012

TOP STARS LINE UP FOR KINGS ARMS FEST – HEATON, MANFORD, CHEESEMAN, WALL…

Kings Arms Festival
Saturday 27th October from 1pm
Free.

The Kings Arms is putting on an all day, free entrance, Festival next Saturday with a line up including Paul Heaton, Rich Wall, Marvin Cheeseman and Colin Manford. There's going to be comedy, music, cabaret and surprises…

Chloe Glover discovers the background to the unique Festival…

Full details here…


Kings Arms Festival 27th Oct 2012 Kings Arms Festival 27th Oct 2012 Kings Arms Festival 27th Oct 2012
Kings Arms Festival 27th Oct 2012 Kings Arms Festival 27th Oct 2012 Kings Arms Festival 27th Oct 2012
Kings Arms Festival 27th Oct 2012 Kings Arms Festival 27th Oct 2012
click image to enlarge

A free festival of music, comedy, poetry and cabaret is set to be held at the Kings Arms in Salford next weekend, the first of its kind since being taken over by legendary Beautiful South member Paul Heaton.

The community multi-arts venue and back street boozer on Bloom Street will host a one day inclusive arts extravaganza on Saturday 27th to showcase "the best of what they do" and encourage attendees to become regulars.

The pub, like many others in the UK, is struggling to make ends meet due to the tough economic climate. Heaton, along with his partner and co-owner, Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower came up with the idea after talking to their main beer supplier about how to get more customers through the doors to keep the Kings Arms open.

Tickets have been going quickly for the all-day festival, which is sponsored the Robinsons Brewery, and boasts a line-up bursting with local talent and well-known crowd pullers. Zena, founder of the Camden Fringe along with Michelle, hopes to make the festival into an annual event and believes the day will be a big success.

"We've moved loads of tickets already" she said "So the day looks set to be rammed which will be great for us."

Festival-goers will be treated to a special, one-off performance as Gareth David, of Los Campesinos, joins forces with the Paul Heaton band alongside Manchester's folk strummer Lucy and the Caterpillar and Wayne Gidden - who Heaton describes as the "best soul singer in Britain."

The day will also feature sets from award-winning comic Rich Wall and the promising Colin Manford, brother of the nationally renowned Salford stand-up, Jason.

Home-grown performance poetry will also steal the day when wry, social critics Jonathan Barrington, Marvin Cheeseman and Jim Hugo take to the stage.

The Kings Arms has teamed up with Embryo, Studio Salford's eclectic cabaret, for the day to turn the downstairs bar into a whirlwind variety show. As should be expected from a pub that holds a reputation as one of the city's great, community-focused centres for pioneering underground arts projects, guests will also be introduced to more off-the-wall sets from Yvonne Shelton's gospel choir, and interactive knitting from the venue's in-house needle-clickers.

The acts will perform short sets of some of their best material to give everyone the opportunity to watch and discover a wide medley of entertainment, some of which they may not have normally paid to watch in the past.

Paul Heaton said: "the festival is a chance to see new bands, comedians and poets in a warm and cosy pub at a price that suits these times."

The importance of bringing people to the event is obvious for the team. "It's very difficult times" Zena said "Stuff always needs fixing at the pub. We need to raise money for a new boiler and to mend our leaking roof so we need to keep thinking of different ideas to get people through the doors at a time when everyone is skint. We think the day will show off the best of what we offer at the pub. We don't just serve pints; we're a comedy venue, a theatre space and multi-studio venue for musicians and artists.

"We're quite lucky in that we have the facilities to support all these different arts and community projects as well as running as a pub unlike some other pubs" she added "It's easy to see why in this climate and with the unaffordable beer tax the government is imposing twelve pubs are closing a week around the country. It would be a massive shame if the Kings Arms closed down. Pubs are a great British institution but once they are abandoned they quickly fall into disrepair so if ours closed there'd be a good chance that it wouldn't open again."

The Kings Arms is a renowned old-dog of the Salford pub scene, open in name since 1807 and in its current location building on Bloom Street since 1870. In the centuries that followed it has built a well-earned reputation as a much-loved centre of the community that is home to a diverse number of clubs, from the world's oldest angling association to a host of left-wing political groups.

In more recent years, and especially under the influence of its new owners who took over the pub almost one year ago, the pub has focused on becoming a welcoming and nurturing space for emerging local artists, actors and musicians. Along with its several studios and resident theatre collective, Studio Salford, it offers performers the opportunity to test out and improve their skills in a supportive atmosphere.

It's also become a popular meeting spot for local community action groups since other community centres in the area have started to be closed due to the cuts. Several local housing groups are amongst those who use the pub for their meetings.

"We let everyone we can come and use the pub and don't profit from this side of things; we only really charge when we need to cover the costs of staffing events" Zena said "The pub's become a bit of a community centre over the years, it's nice to see it's seen as a really welcoming space at the heart of this part of Salford."

The free tickets for the Kings Arms Festival are available via the website www.kingsarmssalford.com. A number of tickets may be available on the door early on in the day. Doors open at 1pm.

The Kings Arms has just announced it will hold a masquerade ball for its 2012 NYE celebrations. Check out the website for details of tickets and of other upcoming events.


Words by Chloe Glover

 

Robert Phoenix wrote
at 10:59:52 on 23 October 2012
I run music and spoken word events in Hull..Wish i could be there...Jim Higo and Jonathan Barrington are regulars at Humber Beats events..if you know interesting artists who want to perform in Hull let us know ..I am trying to build connections so Artists from Hull can travel to other towns..share transport ect ..I try to share all the money out at each event...I myself singer songwriter and performer of surreal non sense and Fetish comedy ..involves costumes and props..Many Thanks Hope you have a great day..
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star CD
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW
Yeah - as the fracking frackers trample down protesters - but there’s hope yet. Thanks for this Star review + for all you lot do ... [more]
article: ARTISTS TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN CONTROVERSIAL URBAN SPLASH SALFORD DEVELOPMENT
hello, is there anybody in there? just nod if you can hear me.Or are you all comfortably numb? The other day I asked if there was ... [more]
article: PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW
I watched at the peasants' overflow in Printworks. Superb film showing the ruthlessness of the British ruling class, whose success... [more]
article: PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW
Now, is anyone making a film about the Salford Dockers?...... [more]
article: PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW
I'll see this film eventually. But not at the cinema. I go to the cinema for a bit of escapism like a Bond movie or if a film need... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW

Star date: 18th October 2018

THIS IS OUR HISTORY...

Peterloo, the movie, starring Maxine Peake, was premiered in Manchester last night at Home. The Salford Star was not invited but we did manage a non-exclusive twenty second interview with Salford director Mike Leigh on the red carpet, and a viewing at the peasants' overflow on Deansgate. Is it any good? Read our review and that crucial interview with Mike Leigh.

Full review here...

SWINTON PROTESTS BRING SALFORD COUNCIL AND BELLWAY HOMES TO NEGOTIATING TABLE

Star date: 17th October 2018

NEVER MIND THE BREXITS HERE'S SAVING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD!

As Theresa May was locked in Brexit talks in Brussels, this morning Salford City Council, Bellway Homes and Swinton residents' Saving Our Neighbourhood group were meeting to try and resolve horrendous problems around the Campbell Road natural green space, where the developer is attempting to build 241 houses.

The Council and Bellway have been brought to the table after constant protests by residents..."I think that's the only way we're going to get anywhere" said Barry Woodling of Saving Our Neighbourhood as residents demonstrated yet again outside the Civic Centre.

Full details here...

SALFORD MP RAILS AGAINST GOVERNMENT AS FRACKING BEGINS IN FYLDE

Star date: 16th October 2018

REBECCA LONG-BAILEY SLATES 'GREEN GREAT BRITAIN' TORIES AS WESTWOOD DANCES ON CUADRILLA'S INJUNCTION LINE

Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, slated the Tory Government in Parliament yesterday, pointing out "What a terrible irony it is that the first day of Green Great Britain Week is the day that fracking is due to commence..."

Today, Vivienne Westwood performed a break dance to Abba's Dancing Queen on Cuadrilla's 'draconian injunction line' outside the Preston New Road site in a dig at Theresa May's hopeless jig at the Tory conference and to stand up for the right to protest.

Full details here...

ARTISTS TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN CONTROVERSIAL URBAN SPLASH SALFORD DEVELOPMENT

Star date: 15th October 2018

ARTISTS TO CHALLENGE HOUSING POLICIES WHILE LIVING IN LUXURY HOUSE

'You can't even stop your car to take in the breathtaking sterilization of the place...'

Last week, artists moved into a stunning Urban Splash house in the new Springfield Lane development as part of a year-long project called Tenancy in which they will explore 'what it's like to live in a city negotiating rapid change' and 'who is benefitting'.

The Springfield Lane development, being branded as in 'Manchester', has no affordable housing and avoided hundreds of thousands of pounds in planning fees. Can the artist project, actually sponsored by Tom Bloxham and Urban Splash, make a difference?

Full details here...

HUGE INTERNATIONAL FILIA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE COMES TO ECCLES

Star date: 14th October 2018

SALFORD STREET SUPPORT TO TALK AT LARGEST UK WOMEN'S RIGHTS CONFERENCE

FiLia 2018 Conference
Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st October
The Lighthouse, Eccles

The massive FiLiA international conference is to take place in Eccles next weekend, with women flying in from all over the world, including from Argentina and Palestine.

There's over two dozen sessions covering all feminist-related subjects, and from Salford, Angela Barratt of Salford and Manchester Street Support will be speaking on women and poverty, while Salford University lecturer, Suryia Nayak, will be giving an Introduction To Consciousness Raising.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx