Monday, 16 August 2010


Over 30,000 visitors flocked to Ramsgate for the town’s newest event, the Monster Bass Festival.

The free two-day event (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August), organised by Thanet District Council, brought the legend of the Monster Bass to life through a family friendly festival.

Top quality street entertainers, including sea themed walkabout acts and stage shows, delighted the crowds on both days. Music was presented by the organisers of the popular Wantsum Jazz Festival, while children were able to take part in art workshops. Visitors were also able to purchase seafood, local products and arts and crafts during the weekend.

On the Saturday night, the giant Monster Bass, created by local artist Maggie John, was paraded through the streets of Ramsgate, led by drummers and dancers, where it was ceremonially returned to the sea. Thousands were treated to a special performance of the Monster Bass legend by storyteller, Emily Parrish and a stunning firework finale set to the Monster Bass sound track composed by Mark Bandola.

The weather on Saturday morning brought heavy rain and flash floods, but thanks to the speedy response of the emergency services, the event could still go ahead. Drier weather on the Sunday brought even more people into Ramsgate.

Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Bob Bayford, said: “The Monster Bass Festival proved to be a great success, despite the weather’s best efforts to dampen the event. We had a really positive response from visitors, who enjoyed the two days of entertainment that the council put on. There really was something for everyone to enjoy over the course of the weekend. The council would like to take the opportunity to thank some of those who worked with us to make the Monster Bass Festival possible. That includes Mark Bandola, who composed the soundtrack, Emily Parrish, who told the story of the Bass, Maggie John, artist and creator of the Bass and Southern Water who sponsored the soundtrack.”

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