From the blog...
GEMFEST 2015 took place on 5th April this year and was a huge success. Total amount raised was £4533.82
A brief rundown of how things went!
The day was FREE ENTRY and was jam-packed full of things to do for all the family. Doors opened at 11am.
The Main Auditorium was the hub of the action with live music and performances throughout the day on the stage and fun and games on the floor!
Guests were treated to impressive performances from StreetDanz and Circus Skills followed by free workshops upstairs! Both workshops were rammed with all age groups having a go!! There were also taster sessions for Ceroc dancing and Acting/Comedy Improvisation.
Facepainting from Party Paints and Balloon Modelling with Simon Croft were available for a small cost along with several competition stalls and a chance to win a “Prize Every Time”.
Also, free of charge was the Arts and Crafts Room which proved extremely popular. Pyjama Drama and storytelling sessions in The Black Box kept the really little ones entertained whilst the grown ups listened to the amazing line up of Teens Supporting Hospice in the “Buskers Corner” managed by Pik Rawlings.
Additionally, in the Bar area, there were several stalls from local crafts people selling handmade goods.
A Raffle and an Auction took place at the end of the day event and many prizes were up for grabs! And with the prize every time stall empty by the end of the day – everyone left with a prize in their hands and a smile on their face!!
The Daytime event finished at 4pm to prepare for the evening’s festival!
The evening entertainment kicked off in the bar area with a “Taking The Mic” All Star Gemfest Special, the cream of Exeter’s Poetry and Spoken Word.
Later, as the crowds grew, the main stage hosted an array of popular local bands including Swarm, Daniel Schamroth and the British Wildflowers and Jabbrock. The final two acts, Sound of the Sirens and The Fabulous Beaver Brothers have performed at the event from the first Gemfest in 2013. In fact the Sirens were even at the original Gemfest, the surprise birthday party in 2012!
Meanwhile, the Voodoo Lounge/Acoustic stage was a much more relaxed affair but equally as brilliant! Harmony Hounds kicked off the evening followed by solo acoustic performances from Thomas Kavanagh, Jimmy Ireland and Andy Watts. Alt-Folk Trio Wildwood Kin, topped things off with their impressive harmonies.
Tucked away in the Black Box comedy room, Ben Laverick hosted a fabulous line up of Stand Up Comedy which had the crowd roaring with laughter! This was followed by hilarious and insane improvisation games with local group Improperly, a regular at Gemfest.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the pin up parlour ladies were styling the female (and the odd male) guests hair in funky, vintage creations and the Party Paints team were tending to everyones face painting needs!
And of course, Claude The Comedy Waiter was back again to help us out!!
When all the live bands and comedy drew to an end, the party kept going! People could hang out in the bar area with popular local DJ’s Sonic Jim, Matt Vinyl, Lee H and Si Gordon. Or upstairs there was a Silent Disco! Everyone who went into Silent Disco came out laughing hysterically! But the people watching were laughing even more!
The Bar was open all evening and food available until 8pm.
Security staff was provided by Patronus Security.
A manned cloakroom was in place all evening for a small charge, profits to charity.
By midnight we were exhausted!!! But absolutely delighted and overwhelmed at how well things went! So it was home, bed, sleep, wake up and start planning for next year!!!!