This was the first gig that we had been booked for that wasn’t from our little black book of contacts. We were so excited that the word was getting out there about our musical junk percussion installation and that The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London had asked us to come and spend the day at their childhood festival.
We had an amazing time there and entertained over 1,500 children during one day. We had some cracking little players who loved playing on The Rig and we got to début the massive bunches of keys. The kids loved playing these and thinking up what door it could open. Castles and treasure chests featured highly on the list! Have a look at the photos of the day here and do let us know what you think the bunch of keys open!
In this video, you can see Becky explaining the oven tray earphones. It really is quite amazing the sound that is produced by them. Your body acts as an amplifier and resonates the sound all the way round your body. As you can see, it is a great one for drawing grandparents and parents in to play and discovering the delights of making music out of unusual items.
Chilled in a Field festival. Well! What can we say about this lovely festival! Run by friends of ours, this family friendly festival was held at a private manor house in picturesque East Sussex in August 2013. It is a wonderfully thought out and well planned festival with a lovely family section in the programming. We were delighted to take The Rig to this festival and we hung out on the lawn in the glorious sunshine. With the bunting out it felt like a proper village fete kind of feel and we drank lemonade and licked ice lollies on the lawn!
The festival had cleverly arranged a wooden spoon craft making workshop for the children the day before we arrived, so when we turned up, they all had their own beautifully decorated and individual wooden spoons to play on The Rig. Wooden spoons are our playing instrument of choice and we were very inspired by the beautiful creations we saw being played!
Double bravery points also go to Amy for this festival after she ‘didn’t feel very well’ with a bit of stomach ache. The following week she was admitted to Kings and had her appendix removed.
Photos at Chilled were taken by Stephen Gregory
You can watch a video of the festival here. The Rig is shown about 1 minute in.
There is a lovely review of the festival here. The Rig and the groovy samba beats are mentioned at the end 🙂
Following on from our success at Mach Comedy Fest, our next outing for The Rig was for upmarket kids company Sharky & George. Sharky & George are an awesomely fun company (founded 10 years ago, hence their 10th Birthday party!) providing the very best children’s parties and entertainment in London. We’ve had the pleasure of working with them since 2009 and it was following a conversation with them about a ‘musical playground’ that the idea of The Rig was born in early 2013.
Their tenth birthday was held in Holland Park, London and hundreds and hundreds of children attended and loved interacting and playing with The Rig and all the other fun and fabulous games that were there.
Machynlleth Comedy Festival was the very first outing for The Rig and we were so thrilled to be able to be part of this amazing comedy festival.
The idea for The Rig had come about 3 months previously and we were beavering away behind the scenes trying to get it ready for the summer when inspiration struck. What we need is a deadline we thought! A phone call later and we were booked into premièring our crazy invention at Mach Comedy Fest in the beautiful welsh village of Machynlleth a few weeks later.
We spent a frantic couple of weeks drilling, sanding and glueing and finally we were ready to go! Once we got to Mach and set up it became apparent we were onto a winner. This was a bit of a relief, because although WE thought it was a brilliant idea, it was great to have it confirmed within the first 30 seconds of us opening it up, when we had 50 kids come swarming all over it! Our thunder sheet made of plastic only lasted the first 3 minutes. Lesson one. Whatever we think is sturdy enough for children – MAKE STURDIER!
We had a wonderful time in this beautiful village and can’t endorse the comedy festival highly enough. It’s run by Emma and Henry, two wonderful fun souls with integrity and a vision. There are some world class comedians performing there and some people starting out on their comedic journey. We were thrilled to be providing some of the family entertainment, which is growing year by year and we look back with such fondness and pride in our first Mach!
More Videos here
If you haven’t ever been to this festival, do go!
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Well! What a summer’s it’s been! The Rig first launched at Machynlleth Comedy Festival in May 2013 and we haven’t stopped ever since! We did Sharky & George’s 10th Birthday party for 1000 kids in Holland Park, London, we tinkled with our ivories and teacups down at a country manor house in East Sussex with Chilled In A Field, went to the Music in the Gardens Festival at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London and had over 2,500 children play The Rig at Cheltenham Race Course as part of Greenbelt Festival. Phew! Time for a well earned cuppa with one of our teacups. Oh. Hang on. We glued them all to the The Rig. *facepalm*
We are now in the process of organising an Autumn Schools tour and have been overwhelmed by the number of schools that want us to come and visit (thank you! We can’t wait to visit each and every one of you!). So if you want the riggy wig to come and pay a musical visit to your school, please get in touch and we’ll come and see you. But only if you make us a cup of tea. We appear to have mislaid all our teacups.