MY WIFE and I have been coming to Tamworth for the festival for 13 years.
It has an exciting, throbbing, vibrant feel in Peel St, the variety of which never fails to amaze and entertain us.
This year was a bloody dreadful mess.
The reason given for the change was that it was too noisy.
The council-operated stage was the worst offender by far!
I asked the sound operator why they were so loud, with shrieking female singers echoing around the street.
He replied: “The lots behind us turn up, so we do.”
Is that not what started this argument in the first place – “turning up”?
The lots behind him, oh yeah!
One had a 15-watt amp, one was just a guitar and no amp and the other had a twin speaker PA of 50W.
They sat on the pavement totally overpowered and then left Peel St, very upset.
Also, what gives the organisers the right to exclude the oldies and the not-so-good who come every year?
Or the singers who are fundraisers for various charities but sing flat or off-key?
It doesn’t matter – they are all part of the character of the festival and deserve a fair go on Peel St.
At least they entertain and can go home and say “I sang in Tamworth”.
There is a very simple solution to the noise issue.
Get the council officers to properly implement the noise policy.
As in any job, three warnings and you are fired.
Three warnings, then: “You have been warned three times, now pack up and leave or you will be removed.”
Use the council golf carts to effect this.
No act that has travelled hundreds of kilometres will want that to happen.
Pre-warned of this rule and strong enforcement might just make the difference in the street.
We will be back next year, but please give the busking job back to whoever did it in previous years.
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