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Hail, Gales & Rainbows

Despite the crazy weather conditions during last year's event, nearly 4,000 hardy revellers enjoyed an entertainment packed weekend at The Bish Bash 2019.

The May Day Bank Holiday weekend event, sponsored by Enable Independent, was hit with strong winds and hailstorms, but this only encouraged the people of Stortford to party harder. The headliners Black Grape and Republica played to large, enthusiastic crowds. However, the real party bands were unknown hip hop duo, Too Many T’s, who really got the crowd jumping and local nutters, Papa Shango. You certainly know when you have been “Shangoed”, with their dancing gorillas and bananas, beach balls, confetti and tons of feathers.

It wasn’t only the main stage that rocked, there was so much great music throughout the weekend over 3 stages. Maxx Palmer and Koasis(The Kazans playing at being Oasis for the night), both rammed the bar stage for their headline slots. There was comedy and theatre arts courtesy of The Laughing Bishops Comedy Club and Phoenix Theatre Arts, who also provided a full program of events for younger ones, respectively.

The real highlight was saved till the last song of the weekend when Black Grape invited Leon Hurst, a young steward with Down Syndrome, up on stage to perform. Leon, a huge music fan, had been dancing down the front for most of the day before the band invited him to join them. When he was on stage with his heroes he really shone like the star he is. It really summed up what a great little festival we have on our doorstep.

The team of volunteers who organise the festival, which is 100% not-for-profit, thank the people of Bishop’s Stortford for another amazing weekend.

Bish Bash 2018