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Hanwell Hootie 2017

Hootie magic gets Hanwell dancing…and there is more music to come

The fifth annual Hanwell Hootie took place this weekend (Saturday, 7 May and follow-up events on Sunday), and proved as popular as ever. With more than 85 bands performing across 14 venues, there was something for everyone.

You can get a small taste in the video above, including shots of exciting acts 485C and Okapi performing in the new big top tent stage in the Viaduct Meadow opposite Ealing Hospital – which had dramatic views of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Wharncliffe Viaduct.

There was a second outdoor stage, called Sandy Park, in Lower Boston Road, which replaced the igloo tent of last year and made it easier for more people to enjoy the live music there.

Pubs across the town had a conveyor belt of talent from late afternoon until late evening, as Hanwell paid tribute to the late Jim Marshall. The ‘Father of Loud’ died in 2012, but he opened his first Marshall Amplification store 50 years before in Hanwell and enjoyed the custom of rock greats like Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page.

Marshall is now a global brand in the music industry and also the key sponsor of the festival, along with Ealing Council, the Mayor of London, zouindustries and Ealing In London. There are at least 15 other companies and organisations supporting the Hootie, along with the council’s three local ward forums – proving what a central part of community life it has become since it first took place in April 2013 with just 13 bands in three ‘official’ pubs.

The music is not finished yet

In July, Walpole Park in Ealing will host the annual Ealing Blues Festival and the Ealing Jazz Festival. Look out for the June edition of Around Ealing magazine to find out more.

Were you there?

The Hanwell Hootie organisers have been asking for your photos of you enjoying the festival.


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