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Wetherby Foodbank Music Festival

14/04/2016

Last weekend members of Wetherby Runners AC and Wetherby Swimming Club swapped running shoes and swimming goggles for their dancing shoes and headed to the Wetherby Sports Association to support the 'Foodbank Music Festival'.  The event was organised to raise money for the running clubs chosen charity this year Wetherby Foodbank, and by hosting the event at the WSA it was intended to provide valuable income for the WSA still coping with the financial consequences of last Decembers floods.

All acts performing had musicians with strong links to both clubs, providing a mix of music styles and genres to cater for as many music tastes as possible. After a brief word of thanks from Norma Harrington (Trustee of the Foodbank), proceedings were kicked off by Contraband, recently formed for the occasion. They were soon followed by teenage band Weekend In Campania, whose band members are all students at Wetherby High School who played a set of original songs they had written for their recent performance at the Leeds Amp awards. Proceedings then mellowed with a set from Graham Matthews, Martyn Smyth  and Malcolm Forsythe who played a 60s acoustic set of classic songs. They were then joined on stage by vocalist Sadie Yarwood, a real singing sensation whose talent is just being realised.
The evening was then rounded off with The Bad Daddies, well known on the local beer festival circuit who rocked the audience with an upbeat set that had all the audience rocking.

By the end of the evening ticket sales amounted to £1000, and with bar takings of £1700, the event had surpassed all expectations. The WSA and two of the event organisers Mike Kendall smith and. Ian  Legg, are giving serious consideration to making it an annual event, with plans to make it even bigger to showcase more local music acts.