As Bute Park was closed for the main Olympic Torch Relay concert and the Cardiff Castle moat full of unsavoury types (drinking White Storm today rather than Oranjeboom!) I decided to head to Cathays Park to chill near the Olympic Ring sculpture.
To my surprise there was a Cardiff Council event going on complete with stage, live music, toilets, food and drink. It seems they were showing the Olympic Torch Relay concert on a big screen.
When I turned up there was only a handful of people at the event. Some person spoke over the PA system requesting to the few that were already here to let everyone else know that this event was going on! #begging
Earlier in the week I contacted @CardiffCouncil asking for further details specifically about the Olympic Torch Relay concert and all they replied was
Looking at their feed for the 48 hours prior to the concert there isn’t a single mention of this event that the council HAD set up to serve the people that couldnt get tickets for the official concert! It took a while before the attendance had hits the hundreds and similarly within Coopers Field – it all seemed pretty sparse until around 5 o’clock.
Once again there did seem to be some confusion over what time the bands were on and what part of the day people should be turning up. I spoke to many people on the day who thought it was an evening concert! And many others that didn’t know ANYTHING about the Cathays Park event at all. Some people seemed to know about a smaller event set up in The Hayes though! All very strange! Rant over!
Once I accepted that this event was occuring and I was one of the first people to get here I was going to embrace it and enjoy it for what it was.
On the big screen we managed to catch local band Rusty Shackle playing to a fairly empty Coopers field and then loads of Olympic videos and propaganda – including a Tom Jones Megamix. Emelie Sandee and Kids in Glass Houses were also shown.
Little by little more and people turned up with some street dancers trying out some nifty moves in the centre of the park.
Monmouthshire band, Rusty Shackle, who describe their music as a mix of breathless folk, blues, indie, skiffle, bluegrass and punk, have already headlined the Great British Folk Festival and won this opportunity to play before Cardiff today.
Little did they know that they would be performing to Cardiff THREE times within a few hours! Here they are arriving at Cathays Park admiring the crowds that had turned up for their performance!
Rusty Shackle are made up of Liam Collins, Scott McKean, James McKean, Baz Barwick and Owen Emmauel and won their place in the torch Relay Concert by winning The Big Gig 2012 music competition held over three nights at The Globe in Cardiff.
They began their second set of the day with a few of their own tracks before paying tribute to Elvis and Blue Moon and then onto an amazing version of Dizzie Rascal’s-Bonkers! Definately worth a listen if you can find it anywhere!
The whole band were totally amused (and appreciative) of a lone dancer who got up and paraded around the park before settling back into his vehicle and another drink.
More street dancing took place in an area to the side of the stage with some amazing acrobatics and moves being performed. Some of the smaller kids decided to watch and then start their own version of breakdancing!
On the big screen we could see a map and the live TorchCam before someone stole the signal in St Mellons. It was 17:30 and the Torch had officially reached Cardiff – woo hoo!! Time to relocate for a better shot from the side of Boulevard De Nantes and hopefully that Olympic Ring structure in the background….