Brockley MAX 2009 Preview


Opening night at Brockley MAX 2009, courtesy of Drakefell Debaser

On Thursday night, Brockley Jon ran in to Brockley MAX organiser Moira Tait, dutifully handing out leaflets at Ladywell Station - working her way through the pile of 20,000 she had printed. Last night, we picked her out of the crowd at the Opening Night concert, looking exhausted but happy. Looking forward to this year's festival, she said:

"In terms of the number of events being stage, this is the biggest MAX ever, even bigger than 2007. It's a perfect antidote to recession. Even though the area has lost some important venues this year, with the closure of Aquarium and Moonbow Jakes, others have stepped up and really embraced the festival, including Jam Circus, Tea Leaf Arts, the Wickham Arms and the Ladywell Tavern. It's so big, this will be the first year that I will struggle to see everything.

"The return to Hilly Fields was really important. The outdoor events take the festival to the people and create a real sense of a community coming together. John, who ran Moonbow Jakes, is staging three nights of music from a 'Marquee of Moonbow' next weekend. His venue's been greatly missed since it closed, so it's great to have him back. I'm really looking forward to the classical concert on Sunday night, which will feature some outstanding talent.

"Hilly Fields will also be the setting for Art in the Park workshops for children on Saturday, June 6th, 12-4pm. Kids will be able to try a range of activities from camera obscura to cheerleading and superhero modelling.

"Personally, I'm really looking forward to two Jam Circus events; the Eastern European Night and the Paraphernalia Workshop [we're sure that she meant to add the Brockley Central Music Night at the Ladywell Tavern, June 4th, but she was probably overwhelmed by the occasion]. It'll also be great to see the defaced Hendrix mural replaced by a new creation by Chris Getliffe. Brockley Central readers will be able to watch the theme they voted for come to life on the 3rd and 4th of June, between 11am and 7.30pm. We'll be taking time lapse photography of his work too.

"Because the fund-raising process started late this year, money has been very, very tight. So it's really important that people buy raffle tickets to help raise funds. But they don't have to do it out of the goodness of their hearts, there are some brilliant prizes that have been donated by the likes of Babur, the Sunflower Centre and Geddes.

"In fact, there are hundreds of people donating their time this year, as organisers and performers. Everyone has pulled together and I really want to thank them all, particularly Gill Fraser, who has organised the MAX with me. I hope the people of Brockley give the festival their full support - it could be the best one yet."

20 comments:

The Cat Man said...

I was there last night - it was a very good evening, interesting music and I especially liked the band made up with teenagers? The lead singer had a pretty amazing voice!

R.e. Murial: I think the presenter mentioned that Jimi Hendrix was going to be repainted back. I was surprised to hear this.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to all the events taking place

Anonymous said...

Mural, not Murial. is English your first language?

Paddyom said...

Yes the young guys (The Fishermen) were very good. As was that human beatbox act - very good. Hurrah for the BMAX, hope we get this weather for next weekends Hilly Fields extravaganza.

Brockley Kate said...

Great stuff, really looking forward to all this.

Does anyone know if the events on Hilly Fields got their licencing sorted ok? I seem to remember there were some problems with that last year?

sonofagun said...

mmm great start last night,went to see dave briggs band Wickham Arms sat night, no show,good singer but like karaoke,But no one puts there name down, shame

Richard Elliot said...

It all looks AMAZING! I'm disappointed that I'm going to miss everything being away.

Moira said...

Kate - I've never had a problem getting licences and the events are going ahead on Hilly Field for the three nights. The full line ups for the Marquee of Moonbow and the Festival Folly Stage should be on the website today, as well as the list of workshops for Art In The Park.

Brockley Kate said...

Great news, thanks Moira! Now we just have to hope this wonderful weather holds ... should be an amazing finale!

vixil fundraiser said...

Fab, Moira. Really looking forward 2 the return of Moonbow & delighted they R moving 2 my backyard!

Btw, I may be able 2 lend a hand on F &/or Su, if U still need help with limited use of my left arm, but the rest of me works ok.

Anyway, hope the rest of the w/e went well. Popped into Ladywell Tavern last night, but no sign of any familiar faces, nor fundraiser 4 LVIG. Hope they raised some dosh in the end...

Btw, don't forget the fundraiser at Cafe Oscar's for:Diabetes UK.

On Sunday 14th June, 3-5pm, Ladywell favourite Oscar's will serve afternoon tea delights to raise money for Diabetes UK.

£15/head (£5 from each sale to Diabetes UK). Owner Petra's homemade delights will feature sensible healthy options for everyone to enjoy.

Musical entertainment from the local talent Jed Dmochowski - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVYckb2PABc&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Efacebook%2Ecom%2Freqs%2Ephp&feature=player_embedded.

Hoping 2 C some new faces there!

Moira said...

Hi Vixil,
Yes please. we always need another pair of hands, so if you can come and say hello on Fri/Sat you could sell some raffle tickets for us. Hopefully we'll bump into eachother before then. We didn't get to the Ladywell Tavern until 11pm as were dancing at the Wickham. Went to the Narratives al fresco on Hilly fields today which was brilliant and have just knitted for the first time in 30 years at the Brockley Knits workshop!

Richard said...

Friday was great and we got a nice treat with the weather. The Fishermen & the beatboxers stood out, but every band I saw went down well, special mention to Samuel Luke, one of our very own barmen.

I'm told yesterday's bbq & live music at the Wickham was heaving & the Crofton Brass Quintet went down a storm here at Jam Circus last night - perfect atmosphere for a Sunday evening.

Tonight's event at Jam Circus didn't make it into the printed schedule - Bruise are an atmospheric pop/rock duo and will be starting after 9pm.

sonofagun said...

Yes It was brilliant at the Wickham yesterday,3 band's Big Girls Blooze,Shedload of Love,And a young Band who's name I dont know but were full of enthusiasm,And there wasn't a seat to be had inside or out,and only just enough room to stand,And Bruise are brilliant, miss them and you will regret It

Headhunter said...

Yeah I was out of town, but as I biked up Ashby Rd to get home, I noticed that the Wickham Arms was brimming with people, the decking and the garden at the back were full of people...

drakefell debaser said...

I can still hear the trombone of the Grey Cats rattling around my head from Saturday night. What legends.

Highlights so far - Grey Cat cover of Message to Rudy, Brockley Ukulele cover of End of the World As We Know It & learning that Hendrix will reclaim his wall. Low point - the successive hangovers which forced me to keep going for the hair of the dog.

Anonymous said...

Nice photo Drakefell.

Amanda said...

The tentacles of the Max are reaching far and wide this year; I spotted a Brockley Max flyer in Woburn Square on saturday.

Tonight there's a social dilemma for me, between going to the "Eastern Surprise Full of Delight" at Jam Circus, 8-11 OR "The Maxed Out Quiz Night" at The Wickham Arms 7.30-10.00

Is anyone else planning to go to either of these? And what was your reasoning for the choice?

Amanda said...

Actually its a s trillema as the Local Assembly for Brockley is also on at 7.00pm at Lewisham College.

Amanda said...

I am probably going to the see the Ska band at the Wickham I think tonight. Also i was going to write up about the Brockley assembly that happened a few nights back, some interesting things come up but i can't find a /the thread for it.

Brockley Nick said...

Amanda, I'll try to create one later today.

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