Yesterday’s sold out Burning Lantern Fayre in St Fagans National Museum of History featured terrific performances by headliner Tom Odell, Jack Savoretti, The Shires, The Voice finalist Into The Ark, and the Motown Sound of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.
Burning Lantern was the heritage attraction’s first large scale music event, and a first creation by the current UK Regional Music Promoter of the Year, the Cardiff based Orchard Media and Events Group. A capacity 8,000 people created a summer fayre atmosphere in the beautiful setting of St Fagans, one of Europe’s leading open-air museums, with big name live music on the main stage through the afternoon and evening, an acoustic stage, street food and craft ales, amusements and entertainment for a family audience.
The event has received some criticism on social media for the lengths of queues to bars and food outlets. Orchard director Pablo Janczur said: “The music line-up went down a storm, the fine weather held, our transport plan worked well, massively reducing congestion on the roads and we got everyone in and out of the site quickly. We were successful in creating a real country fayre atmosphere in this beautiful setting, but we acknowledge there were issues with queueing for the bars and food, and we want to apologise for that. We underestimated demand early on as soon as gates opened at 4pm, especially as we went for a quality craft food and drink feel. Orchard stages some 200 concerts a year, and have worked recently with Elton John, Tom Jones, Lionel Richie and Bryan Adams, so we have to admit when we get it wrong, learn from these experiences, and make improvements for future events.”
Tom Odell is renowned for his electrifying, charismatic stage performances, and the BRIT and Ivor Novello award winning singer songwriter did not disappoint. The Shires lived up to their billing as the UK’s biggest country act, the first UK country act to chart in the Top 10 UK Albums Chart, and the first English country act to be signed to a major Nashville label. The impressive line-up was boosted with the appearance by singer Jack Savoretti, who has had two UK Top 10 albums, and the iconic Martha Reeves & The Vandellas gave the audience what they wanted with classic hits Nowhere to Run, soul favourite My Baby Loves Me, the pop anthem Jimmy Mack, and the signature Dancing In The Street.
A 16th century manor house, St Fagans Castle and gardens was donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth in 1946, and over the years it has become a centre for education, enlightenment and entertainment. Though there have been numerous events staged there over the years, this is the first large scale music event to be held at the attraction.
In addition to promoting concerts, the Cardiff based Orchard Media and Events Group produces TV programmes, creates corporate events, and offers a range of communications services in Wales and around the world.