Greenaway Pro - 17-21 September 2013 (charity event)
There are two nights of incredible music at the Greenaway with melodies for many a discerning ear.
Music is a universal truth, stop someone at random in the street and ask them what sort of music they like and not many people will tell you 'I don't like music.' We are incredibly lucky to live in such a rich and varied musical age, rewind 50 years and you basically had to choose from The Beatles, The Stones or Dylan. Now our libraries are a little more diverse and our tastes a little more defined. The Greenaway Pro attempts to showcase just a slither of the musical talent we have here in Cornwall and the rest of our island, but oh what a slither. The Friday night of the Greenaway Pro is a series of beautiful and reflective acoustic sessions, interspersed with short clips from local film-makers, with the audience well-watered by the finest of Cornish ales. The second night is always a noisier affair, alive with wild energy it has grown to grassier pastures, to wider stages, it is one of those night for living in the moment, for dancing however you want to dance, for smiling because you just can't help it.
Friday Nights 'AllAwayInGreen Film Festival and Acoustic Night' at St Ives Cinema, hosted by Mickey Smith, was emotional and inspiring. It was a moving night with some of the most beautiful words, songs and movies enjoyed by a packed audience. Many have agreed it was nothing short of spiritual. Some of the guest speakers had come from as far as South Africa and the US. The short films included Duct Tape Surfing, Birthright, and a few that have not been released yet including Hidden Lives (Story on Big wave surfer Tom Lowe). With live music from some of the most exciting up and coming names on the UK music scene Sam Fender, Rokhsan and To Kill a King, the appreciative audience cared as much for the first word and melody as the last.
The Greenaway Pro is an emotional roller-coaster of high paced and competitive surfing, soft lyrical long-boarding and heart touching movies all for charity. But above all, the event is as a party to celebrate friendship and life.
Saturday 21st September was a night that will be remembered for many moons, possibly as the biggest musical event that has ever been seen west of Newquay. The stage, sound and structure would have looked more natural at Glastonbury and so would the line up. With Ben Howard and band becoming used to playing to at least 10,000 people, the lucky 1,500 strong crowd on Saturday night experienced something we are unlikely to see again in the near future. His sincerity and warmth came through and he spoke a lot with great appreciation of the elated crowd, during arguably one of his most epic and flawless shows to date. Following Ben Howard was Cornish / London band Brother and Bones, who like usual lifted the roof off the enormous tent when hundreds of people began singing along with the bands well know songs like 'Hold Me Like The Sun' and 'Back To Shore'. Other acts that wowed the crowd were Radio 1's Hottest Band of 2013 Catfish and the Bottlemen and the awesome To Kill a King, both newly signed and about to hit the big time. This will most certainly be one of those "I was there" gigs that will be talked about in years to come.
The headline DJ was Daddy G from MASSIVE ATTACK and he did what he does best, feeling the vibe of the crowd, with some of his well know tunes he really got the vibe and played a set that took The Greenaway Pro to the end of another successful year.