This year the festival welcomes local girl Nini Westwood to the line up. Nini will be joining us on the Saturday for her festival performance. And we will be giving her a very warm festival welcome…
I caught up with Nini at a promotional photo shoot and asked her a few questions..
So Nini, you have played Festival in The Park previously? What do you like about performing at the festival?
I love the atmosphere. There’s nothing like a good, local festival, especially in the summer. Also the music is great, the variety of artists and bands that perform every year amazes me everytime. There’s never a band or soloist that I don’t like.
So tell us a bit more about you, your musical influences and where we can catch up with you and your music?
I’m currently studying drama at college but I play and write music at home on my guitar. Growing up, I was surrounded by lots of different genres but one that stood out was punk rock so like 90s Green Day, NOFX, The Offspring, and more ‘modern’ stuff like Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, stuff like that. My favourite band of all time is Paramore. I think not only has their music influenced me but also just the way they are and their collective outlook on life. I have a youtube channel where I post covers of songs and then I keep my twitter, instagram and facebook updated with life, projects and when a new video is up.
The festival’s ethos is to nurture and promote local performing arts in many forms. How important is it that children are exposed to live, local music and the arts?
I think it is so important for children to be experience live music and the arts because it’s a way of expression. Self expression and having that escape, whatever it may be, is extremely important from a young age because there is so much pure creativity in a child’s mind that if they don’t channel it somehow, it could either just eat them up or scurry away never to be used or seen again.
This is the Festival’s 11th year! As a local musician do you feel it is important to have this kind of event available to our local community?
I think it’s important to have this kind of event in the community because not only is it a great platform for young local musicians to get experience performing live, but also bringing families and friends together at these events is just good for people. Otherwise we’d all be miserable robots.
Finally, what can we expect from your performance at this year’s festival?
A bit of music, bit of banter and a bit of fun!
For more information about Nini and her music catch her on her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeatmbPHS9oylGCpEENgvag