Posted in May 2014

Yes, there was music… #unfest14

http://unfest.org/ This is what I saw and heard: Perk and Pearl Lipschtick (Mind Your Head Gallery) Artists Unveiled Sound Installation (Corn Exchange) Hey Zeus (photo in The Cake Shed) Rhythm and Rhyme (Javabean ) The Autumn Ravine (Forum) The Watermelons (Forum) Word Up! (Forum) Ugly Love (Forum) Empire (Forum) Bombay Monkey (Forum) Matt Bridle (Yurt) Sean … Continue reading

Three days in May

Anticipation, planning, organising. Crossing the road. Sun. Rain. Burgers. Two old men walk in through the open doors, wander around in curiosity, go out again. The drummer smiles the biggest grin. A little girl in a fairy dress dances. Stickers in a box. CDs for sale for £4.00. Flat batteries. Fans on stage and bubble … Continue reading

Unfest Weekend

A proper review will follow, but so far this Bank holiday weekend, Tunbridge Wells has been full of art, music and strange goings on… Bank Holiday Monday unfest continues, but a bit of a quieter day…

Joan Wolford

Following on from my chat to local resident Joan Wolford about the opening of The Assembly Hall, which was 75 years ago this Saturday 24th May, I called into the theatre to look at some of the things she had mentioned. Here are the original box offices, built into the pillars of the foyer; also … Continue reading

Charities for unfest

One reason I got to know the people behind The Forum was in a search of what there was for teens to do around Tunbridge Wells. Amazingly, two years later, the proposed Youth Centre, lead by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, has not appeared. However, it was reassuring when I chatted to Jason and Richard at … Continue reading

Coming soon…. unfest14

  Three years ago we ran a take-away sandwich and coffee shop. People used to come and ask to put up posters for events, and one day we were asked to put up a poster for arts at unfest. The girl who brought round the poster explained it was a music festival around the Pantiles, … Continue reading

Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre at 75

Here’s a piece I wrote for a local magazine Tunbridge Wells Town Crier regarding the forthcoming anniversary at the Assembly Hall: On May 24th 2014, The Assembly Hall Theatre celebrates 75 years since its opening in 1939. While many of us now moan about the lack of  a town centre cinema and the state in … Continue reading

The Pantiles in sun and B&W

I spent a sunny Thursday wandering around the town, drinking coffee, catching up with friends, and a lovely lunch in The Cake Shed on The Pantiles. Not only that, I was fiddling around with Black and White photos, I love the patterns the different shades of grey and shadows make…

The Plant Hunter

Just a quick piece about Tunbridge Wells Museum exhibition ‘The Plant Hunter’ which opened in April. A mix of facts, film, photography and art all about Bedgebury Pinetum. Worth a look, although I have to admit, not quite as engaging for me as Dave McKean was! I think I’d rather re-visit Bedgebury for a walk … Continue reading