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Beech Road Festival Reviewed

Adele Ralls Glynn (aged 15) pops along to the annual Chorlton artsfest

Written by . Published on July 7th 2011.


Beech Road Festival Reviewed

BEECH Road is renowned for its quirky bars, restaurants and hairdressers. It’s Chorlton’s food central too. 

The park is at the centre of it all: quiet with just a small oasis of grassland. Yet once a year this slightly barren park overflows with people, stalls and acts for its summer festival.

"The number of people who attended this year’s festival seems to have increased dramatically, as Chorlton becomes more of a destination."

When the festival first begins, the road holds the largest numbers, with shops taking their businesses out onto the streets to sell their products. The stalls on the street and in the park are mainly stocked with souvenirs, treats and food, none of it particularly cheap though.

This year, the festival promised more local new acts and a larger number of stalls. When I first arrived at 2pm the small, quiet park I recognised was transformed, swarming with people lying on the grass lazily appreciating bands, as music rumbled around Chorlton, heard miles away.

When I went to explore the stores, the similarity products on offer is almost uncanny – craft items and chutneys. The souvenirs and handmade products blended into the atmosphere of Beech Road. But the festivals monotone approach could be seen as a bit repetitive, as the events, acts and food have nearly always been consistent throughout the years.

But the numbers of people who attended this year’s festival seems to have increased dramatically, as Chorlton becomes more of a destination.

Also the assorted ethnicities, ages and locations are what make this festival so popular however. Some of the biggest festivals in the UK are all concentrated on one thing - whether it be music or performance - meaning it doesn't appeal to everyone. Beech Road Festival managed to find a bit of something for everyone this year though.

When 5pm approached, the more experienced Chorlton bands were on stage, regular faces at the festival. With the crowd warmed up, the festival's atmosphere was more upbeat. Numbers began to rise, so did the mood.

Repetitive? I don't mind if next year is just the same.

Adele is on placement at Manchester Confidential from Chorlton High School and freely admits she's the luckiest person alive.

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

FurFoxAcheJuly 7th 2011.

There was a fair bit of carnage after 7 and the place was a tip.

AnonymousJuly 7th 2011.

Unfortunately the festival attracted some very dodgey types this year. There were loads of groups of kids getting drunk and it turned pretty grim after 7pm. It's not the family friendly event that the organisers want....I think its out of control. And where were the police? They should have tried to move people on once the music etc had finished but instead groups just hung around the park and the green, drinking more booze.

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AnonymousJuly 7th 2011.

Jheeze give the girl a break! shes talking about the highlights of the festival not what went wrong with it! Yes the downside this year was that there were a few fights and things got out of control however throughout the day the festival was a success with huge numbers turning up and alot of people enjoying it including myself. And alot of the groups of kids were just groups of kids meeting up and having fun so stop making them all sound bad because im one of those kids and i had a drink however i wasnt drunk i was anti-social and i certainly wasnt involved in any fights. I also saw alot of drunk adults and 2 women in eachothers face arguing in front of their kids so dont make kids out to be the ones that were causing all the trouble because clearly they wernt.

AnonymousJuly 7th 2011.

Jheeze give the girl a break! shes talking about the highlights of the festival not what went wrong with it! Yes the downside this year was that there were a few fights and things got out of control however throughout the day the festival was a success with huge numbers turning up and alot of people enjoying it including myself. And alot of the groups of kids were just groups of kids meeting up and having fun so stop making them all sound bad because im one of those kids and i had a drink however i wasnt drunk i was anti-social and i certainly wasnt involved in any fights. I also saw alot of drunk adults and 2 women in eachothers face arguing in front of their kids so dont make kids out to be the ones that were causing all the trouble because clearly they wernt.

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AnonymousJuly 8th 2011.

So if it's adults causing the trouble, that's OK is it? Rather than while away the day at a festival, try brushing up on your grammar - I assume that you meant to say you were not anti-social?

AnonymousJuly 7th 2011.

Anonymous - get in touch with me if you want to take what you say further, but it will need substantiating with some evidence. You can contact me on jonathans@cpub.co.uk

Lynn GlynnJuly 11th 2011.

Linnie,Never mind Adele you obviously enjoyed what you saw and not the anti social drunks who were there after 7pm.Your review was great and also your review on the Metro in Chorlton.well done.

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