Sam Callahan, Union J and rapper Wiley to headline new music festival in Castle Park

Essex County Standard: Sam Callahan, Union J and rapper Wiley to headline new music festival in Castle Park Sam Callahan, Union J and rapper Wiley to headline new music festival in Castle Park

ESSEX X-Factor favourites and chart-topping rappers are to share the stage in Colchester for a new music festival aimed at uniting the town.

Organisers of the I Am Music festival hope thousands of revellers will dance to performances by major acts in Lower Castle Park, while families enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and stalls around the castle itself.

Now, it has been revealed the line up will include Great Totham’s Sam Callahan, fellow former X-Factor contestants Union J and UK rapper Wiley.

Essex County Standard: Union J are coming to town for a not-so-secret gig

                            Union J

They will join Brit indie rock band Scouting For Girls, big names including Chipmunk, Misha B and Rough Copy, and other local bands and musicians chosen from auditions in January.

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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9:22am Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Uniting the town, just another money spinner in my eyes and profiteering for someone!
Uniting the town, just another money spinner in my eyes and profiteering for someone! totallyfootball
  • Score: 0

9:27am Mon 7 Apr 14

pixiebell87 says...

Wouldnt it make more sense to get people that can actually sing?!!
Wouldnt it make more sense to get people that can actually sing?!! pixiebell87
  • Score: 7

9:40am Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

pixiebell87 wrote:
Wouldnt it make more sense to get people that can actually sing?!!
What and ruin the alternative entertainment?
[quote][p][bold]pixiebell87[/bold] wrote: Wouldnt it make more sense to get people that can actually sing?!![/p][/quote]What and ruin the alternative entertainment? totallyfootball
  • Score: 3

9:54am Mon 7 Apr 14

jut1972 says...

Wouldn't mind seeing Wiley... but would have thought his act isn't appropriate for the young girls listening to crap like union j. (Though they were in kick **** 2 which makes them ironically cool. Arrrgghhh. ..)
Wouldn't mind seeing Wiley... but would have thought his act isn't appropriate for the young girls listening to crap like union j. (Though they were in kick **** 2 which makes them ironically cool. Arrrgghhh. ..) jut1972
  • Score: 5

11:20am Mon 7 Apr 14

Colchester246 says...

totallyfootball wrote:
Uniting the town, just another money spinner in my eyes and profiteering for someone!
Unless you haven't noticed, this is a community project and charity event for Beat Bullying and Only Cowards Carry.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: Uniting the town, just another money spinner in my eyes and profiteering for someone![/p][/quote]Unless you haven't noticed, this is a community project and charity event for Beat Bullying and Only Cowards Carry. Colchester246
  • Score: 4

12:00pm Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Colchester246 wrote:
totallyfootball wrote:
Uniting the town, just another money spinner in my eyes and profiteering for someone!
Unless you haven't noticed, this is a community project and charity event for Beat Bullying and Only Cowards Carry.
Mmmm maybe it should say that above then?
[quote][p][bold]Colchester246[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: Uniting the town, just another money spinner in my eyes and profiteering for someone![/p][/quote]Unless you haven't noticed, this is a community project and charity event for Beat Bullying and Only Cowards Carry.[/p][/quote]Mmmm maybe it should say that above then? totallyfootball
  • Score: 10

1:14pm Mon 7 Apr 14

down the line says...

£32 a ticket plus booking fee......No thanks!!!!
£32 a ticket plus booking fee......No thanks!!!! down the line
  • Score: 6

1:54pm Mon 7 Apr 14

DailyGazette says...

Who?
Who? DailyGazette
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Sambo86 says...

£32 is the early bird price they've all gone it's now nearly £44! Or a family ticket is £159! It's a good cause but the price is going to deter a lot of people, myself included
£32 is the early bird price they've all gone it's now nearly £44! Or a family ticket is £159! It's a good cause but the price is going to deter a lot of people, myself included Sambo86
  • Score: 3

6:01pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Dazza2009 says...

I think this is a big money making project.... not many people will go at that price... who can afford that sort of price for who will be there??? You can pay a little more than that to see a top pop acts in concert in big venues around the country.

I do wonder how much will actually go to the charities from each ticket... probably not very much.

So is this what is going to happen in the Castle park??? no more free or affordable events for everyone..... If CBC have thier own way then that could happen.
I think this is a big money making project.... not many people will go at that price... who can afford that sort of price for who will be there??? You can pay a little more than that to see a top pop acts in concert in big venues around the country. I do wonder how much will actually go to the charities from each ticket... probably not very much. So is this what is going to happen in the Castle park??? no more free or affordable events for everyone..... If CBC have thier own way then that could happen. Dazza2009
  • Score: 3

8:04pm Mon 7 Apr 14

HappeninDude says...

I have a friend who is in one of the local dance schools taking part. Even the "local" performers have to buy a ticket if they want to watch any of the rest of the show. It seems like the local amateur talent is virtually having to pay to subsidise the bigger name acts. Is this really advocating a message of positively supporting the community??
I have a friend who is in one of the local dance schools taking part. Even the "local" performers have to buy a ticket if they want to watch any of the rest of the show. It seems like the local amateur talent is virtually having to pay to subsidise the bigger name acts. Is this really advocating a message of positively supporting the community?? HappeninDude
  • Score: 8

11:01am Tue 8 Apr 14

wormshero says...

Let's not pretend Scouting For Girls are an indie rock band, they're a pop group. I'm all for more people trying to organise stuff like this, and bringing a few bigger names to the town even if they're not my cup of tea. Not cool if what's been mentioned about local talent having to buy a ticket to watch the show, exploitation of people is horrible. My main issue with the event is that the poster has to be the worst poster actually used for any live event ever. I think black comic sans on white with no photos would have been less of an attack on the eyes. It gave my friends who put on live music a good laugh for 20 minutes though, I couldn't resist sharing it. There's loads of really talented people locally who'd do an amazing poster for very little money, it really wouldn't hurt them to spend a bit on their marketing...
Let's not pretend Scouting For Girls are an indie rock band, they're a pop group. I'm all for more people trying to organise stuff like this, and bringing a few bigger names to the town even if they're not my cup of tea. Not cool if what's been mentioned about local talent having to buy a ticket to watch the show, exploitation of people is horrible. My main issue with the event is that the poster has to be the worst poster actually used for any live event ever. I think black comic sans on white with no photos would have been less of an attack on the eyes. It gave my friends who put on live music a good laugh for 20 minutes though, I couldn't resist sharing it. There's loads of really talented people locally who'd do an amazing poster for very little money, it really wouldn't hurt them to spend a bit on their marketing... wormshero
  • Score: 2

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