REVIEW: Stradisphere - Stradbroke Playing Field

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Blessed with glorious weather, the crowds flocked to Stradisphere 2015 held at Stradbroke Playing Field over the weekend.

From the moment Bunny Tan from BBC’s “The Voice” opened the show, until Queen II walked off into the night, there was quality at every turn.

Britain’s premier Queen tribute act had the crowd in the palm of their hands, reeling off hit after hit with such precision that it seemed like Freddie Mercury had been reincarnated.

Friday’s headliners, The Fillers, a Killers tribute band from Bury St Edmunds, perfectly recreated the sound of their Las Vegas peers, but it was the wealth of local acts that really caught the ear.

Diss bands The Big Alabama and Chasing Creation gave further evidence as to why their careers are on an upward curve.

Old favourites Hemingway and The Little Red Kings never disappoint, nor did the range of genres, from the Acoustic folk/pop of Tell Her, the blues influenced Marina Florance, through to the burgeoning vocal talents of 12-year-old Breeze Redwine, and good old fashioned rock from Bad Touch & Jade.

It was Saturday’s opening “Stradbrokes Got Talent” section that showcased six very local musicians, Tuck Bradley and Matt Bannon, Florence Vane and Emily Self, Jack James and Matt Wilson, that showed what Stradisphere is all about.

MICHAEL HUGMAN