Blatantly stolen from the Stoke Twestival site due to time constraints
There will be a lot of video and photos to come, but let the writer here give a few impressions for all those wondering “Ëœwhat the hell was that all about?’.
What I really enjoyed was what a relaxed evening it was. Nobody came expecting some slick, New York-style disco (at least, I hope they didn’t) and many people came with something to offer to the night – notably Julie Gould, who gave her body to the creative talents of those present. I’ll leave that to your imagination until the photos go up.
We had the Trent Vale Poet, the voice of Stoke-on-Trent, holding the night together beautifully with classics like Fenton and Hanley Bus Station; DJ Fresh accompanying the Leopard’s lobby (stew); Dayve, a very accomplished singer from Crewe, who donated proceeds from his CD to the fund and another poet whose name I didn’t catch. Inbetween all of this was Bitjam along with @in2nation, weaving magical sounds around the charity:water video and, later, the streams of Twestival twitters – to keep it simple we went for a Monitter feed showing twestival, stoketwestival and (because we’re British) uksnow.
And above all else, @markbrereton who did so much behind the scenes was merely thanked for the wonderful cake he bought, which helped us accompany our birthday wishes to Charles Darwin. As well as all of these, we need to say thank-yous to (Twitter names where available): @scott_Uk, @skinttariffs, @findogask, @laird_attwood, @biggun, @carlplant, @chrisbheath, @beadmouse_uk, @aerialeyes, @pitsnpots, @david_elks, @sentinelnews, @tideswellman. And the Leopard Hotel, the Burslem School of Art and the Burslem History Club. Apologies to anyone I’ve forgotten”¦
I still need to cross reference this with the list that I’ve managed to leave in a box, but I think this is right”¦ in cash, we raised £158 in entry and raffle sales. £28 of this (from Julie and Dayve) will be put into Twestival.Fm as a thank-you to all the artists who donated their time and tracks. This is added to £120 raised on Amiando to date.
And tickets are still available!
We decided to put off the raffle to give more people who read about this a chance to buy tickets and so this will now be drawn live on Twitter on Sunday, although there is at least one prize that needs to be drawn today. Plus, we have a very exciting opportunity for those of you interested in ghosts but the details of this will be confirmed later today”¦