Backwell Festival 


in the summertime 2015 and 2014


Sing, dance and be merry 2015

Backwell Festival organiser Jane Sabherwal has kindly shared a video of this year's superb event.

Unfortunately weren't able to get along as they were at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club for the annual beer and cider festival.

Hopefully no clash of dates for 2016?

Jane said: "It is time to lift the winter gloom with our video from this year's festival with our video.

"We are busy planning great things for 2016 - date Saturday, July 2, - tickets will be on sale in the new year, but if you wish to gift someone tickets for Christmas, get in touch and we will arrange something special.

"And, in case you are looking for the perfect gift for a music or wildlife lover, we still have a few copies of both Huey Morgan's and Martin Hughes- Games' books left over from their signings in our Literature Tent.

"A bargain at £12 each...please let me know if you are interested.  

"Collection will be from Backwell, or postage charged.

"Firm favourites from 2015, Sheelanagig, are getting merry at the Colston Hall on Friday, December 18, - promises to be fantastic - such great showmen, this is bound to be special."

For more information click HERE.

Backwell Judo Club is holding a charity dinner dance with a Blues Brothers tribute band this Friday, November 20, at Cadbury House Hotel with proceeds going to rebuild the hall where they hold their sessions and Clevedon Foodbank.

The evening includes a three course meal, casino, auction, raffle and disco.  

Tickets from Gloria on 0787 059 8780.

For more about Backwell Festival go to its website by clicking HERE.

2014 V-festival (village) on video

A brilliant short film about Backwell Festival is attracting hundred of hits on YouTube.

It was made by 22-year-old filmmaker Rob Lee Mare, pictured top left, who took more than three hours of footage at the sell-out 2014 summer music festival staged in the field behind Backwell Junior School.

Launched as a fundraiser by the PTA in 2009 the festival has grown into a mini Glastonbury.

The promotional film is shot on a day long time frame and opens with a short burst of birdsong before featuring the rhythm and blues of string band The White City Shakers playing Home Is Where The Heart Is.

The action starts with the setting up of the festival – traffic cones, tents and roadies lugging huge amplifiers – and shows dancing dads, face-painted fairies and foot-tapping families having fun from dawn to dusk.

The eclectic range of musical instruments from the shuffle of the skiffle board to twang of electric guitars and everything in between including a samba drum roll are captured on film.

The main stage headliners were Doreen Doreen but a total of 16 bands played throughout the day.

There was a celebrity chef’s tent with Michelin stars Josh Eggleton and Sam Moody and Romy Gill giving free demonstrations.

As well as dance and circus skills workshops North Somerset Arts built a whacky junk zoo.

And the events wasn’t just about the beer with a Champagne bar, Pimms pergola, Kidz Kaff, and Fair Trade cafe adding to the barbecue, hog roast and worldwide fare on sale.

In the closing moments the music becomes more melancholy before switching beat with an uplifting cover of Abba’s Mamma Mia finale.

Rob said: “Editing the film down to five minutes was tricky as I had 

approximately three hours of footage,

“I decided to edit to a music track by local band The White City Shakers as I felt their music perfectly captured the spirit of the day.“This helped me keep the editing snappy and gave the video pace.”

The former Backwell School student graduated this year from Royal Holloway University of London with a first class degree in film, television and digital production.

Rob said: “With every project I learn and improve so it was great experience for me and, while I wouldn’t describe it as a masterpiece, I think I successfully captured the atmosphere of the day.”

We agreed and so do YouTube viewers and the festival organisers.

Rob is currently back home living with parents Alison and Steve Le Mare while searching for a job in the creative media.

Rob added: “My passion for drama, music, film and photography stemmed from the inspirational teachers at Backwell School.”

With the exception of 2012, when it exclusively supported Backwell Junior School’s 150th Anniversary Appeal Fund, the festival now donates a percentage of its profit to other worthwhile charities at home and abroad.

Organiser Jane Sabherwal said: “Backwell Festival is an intimate, independent music festival in an idyllic setting.

“It offers an inspirational and eclectic line-up, promotes good food, creativity and art, and raise money for those important to us.

“This is our first video which admirably traces the festival from its gentle beginnings to the show-stopping finale.

If you like good food, great music and grand company book Saturday, July 11, 2015 in your diary as the date for Backwell Festival next year.

We will advise people when the tickets are on sale and the line-up of bands as soon as they are announced.

Carol Deacon