createROSS very much hopes to repeat last
years success with the Ross Busking Festival,
which is a great opportunity for young musicians
to develop their skills and get themselves heard.
Follow the link on the projects page
if you want to know more.
Yearly festivals include The Linton Festival,
The Ross Beer and Cider Festival, The Ross Country Music Festival, and of course Ollie Fest,
which is growing stronger each year.
So if you are in search of the lost chord, there is quite
a selection. Having said that, most of these events feature bands playing cover versions, which is all well
and good, but the chance to see rising bands playing
original material would be very welcome.
That’s why we believe there is still room for a regular
out and out ROCK club / blues gig in Ross, or a Folk Club. It’s not as though there are not venues available
in the town that could hold such a thing.
The Larruperz has a large hall and stage which
could host well known bands, with the audience
capacity to make it work financially (seats 300).
At the moment there’s a monthly Country and Western night, and odd other gigs, but it needs more
people with a passion to help organise these type
of events to come forward and put their butts
on the line. Talking of lines, the bottom line is of
course money. If someone out there wanted to
put up some sponsorship cash to get a gig
off the ground, we’d bite their hands off.
Then there’s ‘The Venue’, which although a bit
smaller, and not kitted out as a music venue, is
still capable of hosting a very tidy rock gig (holds 120)
We know this is true because
Ed from ‘The Gig Club’ has held several
well attended events there, including the
createROSS launch party in January 2018.
However, it desperately needs some
proper lighting to create the right mood,
and a good PA and a BAR of course.
Another possible venue is Jacqueline's Nightclub,
which these days hosts a disco and a ‘Silent Disco’.
In the 60’s, when known as the ‘Top Spot Ballroom',
this great space hosted many bands of the moment
and famously shut the power off during a
Pink Floyd show because they were
Ross On Wye likes to think of itself as a
‘Town Of Music’,
and for a smallish market town it does punch
above it's weight. Several pubs in the town regularly feature bands, the Larruperz centre
has monthly events and The Phoenix Theatre
also has concerts. Various choirs and brass
bands appear throughout the year and there are
music festivals and other events that feature
music. Some of these are outside of Ross, so
blackmail a friend to be your designated driver.
If your musical tastes are a wee bit more refined
then there are loads of opportunities to hear
classical music, choirs and brass bands as well.
Each year the town’s bandstand, down by the
riverside has a regular Sunday afternoon concert,
where the opportunity to take a picnic
(chairs if you wish), and spend a leisurely few hours
lapping up music in the sunshine presents itself.
Last year saw the start of a special
‘Proms in the Park’ Sunday where several
bands played. That happens again this year,
so use it or lose it!
There are also several choirs in the area,
providing the chance not only to listen, but to take
part and sing if that’s your bag. They are always
looking for new members.
Then of course there is always music of one
kind or another playing at events like the
Ross Carnival, and events a bit further afield
like Coleford Music Festival
The ‘whats on’ website - playross.com
lists many of these, as does the ‘Events in Ross’
facebook page. They both however suffer from
a lack of information when it comes to event
organisers letting them know about upcoming gigs.
Local pubs (with the exception of the Yew Tree at Peterstow), seem totally unable to grasp the concept
of self promotion. It’s bizarre how many local
pubs book a band to play, and then assume that
an ‘A’ board in the street and a last minute
garbled post on social media, on the afternoon
of the event, is going to result in a sold out event.
(We’re not bitter by the way
- we'd just like to see more events work).
Presumably bar staff sit around twiddling their
thumbs while a handful of regular customers
and a dog watch the band and the Landlord fumes
away in the background wondering why they are
going out of business.
If you feel the urge to get involved
in putting on a music event, we could be the hub,
where you meet like minded souls.
Or you could just volunteer to help out at the
many events already happening.
They are ALWAYS on the lookout for help.
Why not contact us and we’ll put you together
…and if you are putting on an event,
PLEASE let playross.com know about it.