Update on Hale Barns Carnival

What else is Max planning for July's Carnival?

We caught up with Max Eden, organiser of Hale Barns Carnival on the 15th and 16th of July, to see what else he has in store after the fantastic news that Odyssey, will be headlining at the Carnival’s Saturday night concert.

Firstly, we had to ask - how did Max get hold of such an amazing band? Some readers may remember that Odyssey are the American band who burst onto the music scene with the infectious "Native New Yorker" in 1977. Their success continued with a string of hits including the irresistible ‘Going Back to my Roots’. Have a look at this vintage footage!

Max was looking for a great live band for the concert that will take place on St Ambrose playing fields and Odyssey’s gritty New York disco sound seemed ideal. After calls to their agent went unanswered, Max simply tracked down the band’s vocalist, Steven Collazo, personally on Facebook. Steve is the son of the original lead vocalist, Lillian Lopez, and the band is still very much alive after 40 years and will  be touring this year. Odyssey will be supported by Groovy Revolution  recently voted one of the top five wedding bands by Vogue Brides Magazine!

Sunday night’s Proms Concert will be a showcase for local talent as Max has booked Timperley based singer Amanda Jane Heywood ( see photo above). Amanda, who has performed with Billy Ocean and Alexander O’ Neal, will be backed by a full orchestra and will provide a contemporary twist to the traditional proms concert.  You can see her fabulous rendition of At Last below


The concerts require paid for tickets but don’t forget that entry to the Carnival is free and there will be loads to see and do what with super cars, cookery demos, artisan food and drink, birds of prey and more.  Robinsons Breweries will be providing an entire ‘drinks’ village with a beer tent, of course, but also a prosecco club and a beach bar for cocktails. Max is having talks with some very interesting celebrities regarding the opening ceremonies – my lips are sealed – but even if that doesn’t work out there will be Shire Horses from Robinsons Brewery. Aren’t they magnificent?!

Max is looking for volunteers to help with all areas of the Carnival – both on the day and with promotional activities.  He has no fewer than 24 000 leaflets to deliver locally and could do with a hand! The Carnival is clearly a massive undertaking, mind you, Max is a man for a challenge – did you know that he set up his own successful delicatessen at the age of 16? He is now the theatre, radio and TV critic for BBC Radio Manchester who will, hopefully, be broadcasting live from the Carnival.

There are still opportunities for businesses and individual stall holders to get involved. Craft pitches are £35 for the day and food and drink pitches are £70. The prices also cover the evening events so are very good value. Head over to the Carnival’s Facebook page for more information.

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