16th Aug, 2018

Top local bands and rising stars on cue for Morton Stanley Festival

Correspondent 31st Jul, 2018

THE Morton Stanley Park Festival this August will be showcasing a wealth of local talent and up and coming stars as well as headliners lines Hazel O’Connor and Elvis Fontenot.

Featuring more than 40 performers over the two days the free event is a must for music lovers.

Topping the local bill is seasoned performer Stuart Woolfenden who will be performing with a full band on Saturday 18th August from 4pm right after Matrix Club Matrix and Hazel O’Connor.

Up and coming star Stuart has recently had his new single ‘Waste Your Time’ was played twice on Amazing Radio by Jim Gellatly, while his song ‘I’ve Seen It All’ was handpicked by Tom Robinson for his BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 and performed ahead of Ed Sheeran’s sold out concert in April 2017 on the Firestone Stage at the Barclaycard Arena.

Following Stuart later on the Saturday evening will be Last Agony, an alternative metal band from Redditch and outfit which despite being relatively new to the gig scene have graced the O2 Academy twice.

After Last Agony, will be Morton Stanley favourites and Midlands-based covers band, Red Tails, who take some of the best, but not always the most obvious, music from the last five decades and add an amped up edge that appeals to all generations.

Also performing on the Saturday evening will be Burn, a five piece originals rock band from Redditch to offer audiences great riffs, a massive sound and catchy choruses to get you singing along.

They’ll be followed by Insomniacs who are back for their fifth year at Morton Stanley Festival.

They will also be shooting a music video throughout the day and during the set so be there if you want to be involved!

Sunday afternoon, August 19, sees a performance by Melinda Ortner, grand prize winner for MTV’s ‘Steal The Spotlight’ Contest, who has been writing and performing all over the world garnering comparisons with Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Regina Spektor.

Melinda has won ‘Best Of Sundance’ at the Sundance Film Festival twice in a row, and has performed at the pre-VMA’s opening for Cobra Starship, Miguel, and Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.

Performing later in the afternoon, before headline acts Elvis Fontentot and Hollie Vee & the HubKaps close the festival, will be Birmingham-based band The Delta Rhythm, with a mix of heart churning Blues, head banging Rock and foot-tapping Indie.

“This is just a taster of some incredible local acts,” said Councillor Mike Rouse, whose portfolio covers Leisure and Cultural Services.

“We are very lucky to have the Morton Stanley Festival where we are able to showcase local talent and provide opportunities for up-and-coming performers. Add this to the fun fair and tasty festival food and you’ve got a great day out with something for everyone.”

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