Gig Update

To all you brilliant ragged people who came to support the Barge Fundraiser…

Huge thanks, respect and love. Close to four and a half thousand pounds was  raised, which will pay for a survey and valuation and to register the Barge Co-operative as a Ltd Company as well as other preliminary expenses and fees.

crowd at the save the barge benefit gig

We want to especially massively thank Emma Keyworth for the glittery faces, Carol Krebs, Amy Schuring, Yvette Dinsdale, Debbie Woodstock and Sara Jeal and Dean for their help behind the bar.  Julian Huggins for inspiringly graceful brrrgrrr flipping, Colin Wicks for helping to maximise donations on the door and Flo and Issy who you couldn’t refuse to buy raffle tickets from.

DPS of Bouverie Hall, the local constabulary who were very happy with the organisation and execution of the night, Simon Tux, Darren Appleby, Damon Hardy and Pure Groove, magnificent men who stepped in at short notice after a problem and the troop of troopers, sound crew with the massive fantastic rig. Matt Williams for the laser light show and those who brought and loaned kit and equipment.

Nigel Wallace of Pewsey Waterfront bar for helping to procure the drink and Craig of Bohemian Bars who donated a box of disorientating cider.

Big thanks and respect to Phil Brady for his help with organisation and promo…and then there’s the bands!

Two thirds of Tripolar with regrets that Helen couldn’t be there with her flute, but who still made a huge noise.

tripolar folk band

The wonderful Boot Hill All Stars who always raise the roof from the rafters (be good to see you all at their festival, Once Upon a Time In The West, 13th – 15th July, tickets still available outwestfestival.co.uk)

boot hill all stars

The hugely talented Urban Lions raised what was left of the roof with their massive bass and dirty brass finale to a great night, and the DJ’s who kept you dancing between bands.

urban lions

Thanks also to Siobhan Boyle Photography who documented the night, pictures all over Facebook probably being harvested as I speak, and too many local businesses to mention here (there is a separate list of the fantastic raffle prizes very generously donated).
Many people who couldn’t make it on the night showed their support by donating money.

And then there’s you lot…friends we saw for the first time in a while and friends we made on the night who came, donated and danced, and drank the bar dry (we’ll know better next time.) The vibe was overwhelmingly love and inspiration and reminds us what it is that we’re trying to save, and all the brilliant nights we’ve spent together; boaters, campers, crop stompers, glittery kids and the local residents who love the place as much as we do. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support.

dj for the night

In no particular order, The Barge Co-operative steering group:
Nel and Andy Lingard, Sharyn Jarvis, Sarah Huggins, Steve Grist and the octo-barman Ben Pope

There’s a full review of the gig available on the Devizine website here

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