Are you looking for a great way to spend your time in Europe this year? Our advise would be, you spend as much time in the UK and while you are at it, you do not miss a chance to catch some of the top upcoming ukulele events in that region.
In this article, we shall discuss some of the top ukulele events in the UK in 2017 so read on to find out where the action will be.
The Event at Cheltenham
This event will take place between the 16th and the 18th of June 2017. The event has been dabbed by many as a continuation of the 2016 event, only this time, it will feature even more talented ukulele acts in the whole world. The event will not just be you ordinary festival as it will feature workshops aimed to educate the attendees on the general history and movement of the ukulele as well as the achievements of some of the best ukulele players and bands in the world.
The event also offers you a chance to learn something on this breathtaking town and for those who would simply want to feed their eyes on these rustic instruments, the event has you covered as well. There is one rare chance of playing your socks off at one of the several jam sessions as well as the brilliant Big Busk and for those who are a little bit more confidence, you will have a chance to show off your skills with an open microphone and hopefully catch the eyes of the bands and possibly win a worthwhile gift. All in all, you can look to this event as your only chance to wine and dine with some of the biggest names in the UK ukulele community as you enjoy a good time with your ukulele-loving friends and family.
Being a popular tourist destination, Cheltenham offers limitless possibilities when it comes to accommodations so do not worry about where you would spend your night. If you have a thing for camping, then take advantage of the many campaign sites in the town and if you are more the indoor person, then there are plenty of hotels and guest houses at your disposal. If your a DIY and home improvement kind of guy you can easily set up your own tent
The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF)
This event is ideal for those looking for a little more than just a ukulele festival. The event will take place at The Lawrence Batley Theatre between the 5th and the 7th of May and will feature multiple different stages. If you are looking for the very best from the national as well as the international favorites in the ukulele scene, then you can be assured the event will feature a fair share of those such as the �’Original Ukulele Songs’’ [http://northernuke.com/original-ukulele-songs/], The MIMS [http://northernuke.com/sideshow/], just to name but a few.
Those of us who had a chance to watch last year’s reverberating performance of the Tricity Vogue can look forward to even a more tantalizing experience as she is set to relaunch her Late Night Cabaret with more energy and vigor. If past experience is anything to go by, then we can expect nothing but glamour and rib-cracking moments from this performance.
Aside from the basic performances, attendees can look up to other treats such as;
>Acts from around the world and across the country,
>Fun and inspiring workshops,
>GNUF debuts of 28 acts
>Sing-alongs, open-mic opportunities and mainstage acts.
Grab your tickets as soon as possible and see you there.
The Ukulele Festival of Wales
This event will take place between the 23rd and the25th June, 2017 at the heart of the Gower Peninsula so those looking for an experience with Mother Nature are better off attending this event. Some of the performances here will include homegrown world class acts as well as camping for the outdoor lovers.
The event will also feature stalls as well as workshops for those who would want to learn a thing or two about the ukulele. Open mic performances, jam sessions and lots of refreshments for all to enjoy are just but some pleasant add-ons.
It is also important to mention that the center shall not just feature the festival as there are craft shops, craft activities as well as adventure playgrounds where the entire family can enjoy themselves. There is also a soft play area and an animal farm, an old fashioned games arcade and a sandpit area.
The Ukulele Festival of Scotland
The event will take place for the 9th to the 11th of June at the Crichton Estate – Dumfries. Many have hailed this as a fantastic venue owing to the fact that it will be held in a tourist destination so you can take advantage of the festival to sample some of the local cuisines as well as take in the sights.
Just so you get a rough idea of what the event promises, it would interest you to know that it has received wide endorsements from various artists including Ken Middleton, Manitoba Hal Brolund, James Hill among many more, both of whom have hailed the event as an opportunity to interact with the very best of the ukulele fraternity. Even better, this festival will be used to champion a just cause, as all proceeds will be donated to the Ukulele Kids Club UK.
The Norwich Ukulele Festival
The Norwich Ukulele Festival, alternatively referred to as the Uke East 2017 will be held on Friday 22nd September at the Coachmakers Arms and it shall feature an evening of open mic performances as well as strums alongs. Those with a voracious appetite can also look forward to a special UKE East menu which will characterize by lots of local as well as exotic cuisines.
The main event will however be held on the Saturday 23rd September at the Norwich Arts Centre and among the activities will be workshops, a raffle, the headliners on the main stage, stalls, Aubrey and Zeldas Moonlight Lounge et cetera. The curtains will come down on this event on Sunday morning with a big bust on the Norwich streets and will feature a pint of lunch for those who will be strong enough to see the end of it. If there was ever a delightful and fun-filled weekend, it has to be this weekend so book your tickets as soon as they are out and ensure you stand up and be counted.