The Altrincham and District Festival will have a “rolling road closure” in place during the parade, so as the parade passes, the roads will re-open. The parade will leave St Margaret’s road at 11am, it will then make its way down the downs, and on to Stamford New Road, this will be around 11.10. The parade will then turn onto the Stockport Road Flyover, and pass The Old Hall at approximate 11.30. We expect to turn at The Hare and Hounds around 11.45 and to arrive in Timperley Village for noon. The parade will finish at our showground around 12.30. The time are for guidance only and are very approximate and will be subject to change. Please follow our Twitter account @AltyFestival for news and updates.
11am -The Urban Poet – Fred Varden 11.20am - June Rendell Dance Academy Noon - Bowdon Rugby Male Voice Choir 12.35pm - Waiting 4 Bob 1.15pm - Zumba 2pm - Rob King 2.40pm - Northern Lights Acoustic Duo 3.30pm - Roxanne and the Bandits
The Urban Poet – Fred Varden
Fred started writing in May 2017, and has now written almost 300 pieces of work. Known as ‘The Urban Poet’ for performance poetry he has shared his poetry in Schools, Care Homes and on local radio, and performed at festivals and open mic nights. His piece entitled ‘Tree of Hope and Peace’ was written for, and performed at Fred, at a memorial tree planting ceremony for the Arena bomb victims. He was also requested to write a poem for a Royal visit to Trafford, and reading out his poem ‘Restoration’ to HRH The Princess Royal and 150 guests on 17th January 2018. He has a self published book ‘Poetry Gold’, a fund raiser for Parkinsons UK.
June Rendell Dance Academy
June Rendell Academy of Dance is a large, friendly dance school based in Altrincham. They have an array of classes throughout the week/weekend, including ballet, tap, street and contemporary. Their students receive outstanding results for their NATD/RAD examinations and frequently perform in theatre shows and pantomimes, most recently performing at The Palace Theatre and Altrincham Garrick Playhouse.
Bowdon Rugby Male Voice Choir
Born of a conversation at the dinner to celebrate the Bowdon Rugby club’s 140th anniversary, the choir started at the end of January 2018 and meets most Monday evenings in the bar from 19:00 to 21:00. Lead by two excellent professional MDs, Adam and Josh, most of the members do not read music and had not sung previously. The repertoire is fun and varied, including “The Sloop John B” and David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World”, “I Predict a Riot”, sea shanties and “Loch Lomond”.
This local guitar & violin duo learned their craft at the Thursday night Acoustic Jam and Buskers ball at Altrincham’s Old Market Tavern. Michael loves Tom Waits, and Clive plays a lot of Bob Dylan, so for their recent pro debut at the Cheshire Fest they became Waiting 4 Bob.
Zumba Altrincham meet at Broadheath Community Centre at 6.30pm on Tuesdays. This is a chance to see them in action, performing their high energy dance/fitness routines.
Rob King is a hugely talented Manchester-based singer and cabaret performer, singing an expansive repertoire of musical theatre, contemporary, pop, rock and swing. Earlier this year he sang his way to the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent. He is a regular and well-known performer on Manchester’s world-famous Canal Street, where he has performed on the Main Stage of Manchester Pride, fundraisers for World AIDS Day and the AXM Foundation, The Village People Weekend, and at cabaret events in venues across The Village. He has enjoyed residencies at VIA, Kiki, and most recently Oscars Bar.
Lee Baylis is well known in Altrincham for his frequent performances with the Loose Change Buskers, who have raised over £300,000 for Cancer Research UK. We are delighted he is making his debut appearance at the Altrincham Festival as part of the Northern Lights Acoustic Duo.
Coming to rock the Altrincham Festival, Roxanne and the Bandits will get you singing along to your favourite rock anthems and playing your air guitar. Fronted by Dawn 'Roxanne' on vocals, the Bandits are Alex (Lead Guitar), Dave (Lead Guitar), Shaun (Bass) and Kevin (Drums). Expect classic rock, like Fleetwood Mac and Free, power ballads from Heart and the anthems of Foo Fighters and Guns n Roses. The guilty pleasures are many and varied!