Agiotfest is possibly the most illustrious local Festival in Corfu and this was to be its fifth consecutive year since its inception, setting out to headline the cultural events of the island. In regards to the bands that were lined up to appear (with Steve Gibbons being last year’s headlining act),the headlining position was offered to the band “The Troggs”, and the bill was completed by bands Vince Vortex & The Cucumbers, X-Lovers, Omega5 and Heather Skinner.
At about 19:30 Artemis, violonist, a student from the music school of Corfu, made her appearance on the stage, where she performed a mini-medley of Hanz Zimmer’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean” Soundtrack. Artemis won the applause of the building audience for her very good effort.
First on the bill was Heather Skinner, who undertook the task to “warm up” the audience, a task not very easy to accomplish, for the simple fact that the style of music she represented (despite being performed exceptionally well) did not fit with the Classic Rock style of the Festival itself. Accompanied by a keyboard player, she presented us with a selection of songs derived from Broadway musicals. Amidst her setlist, she performed tracks such as Love On The Rocks, Summertime and The Rose which was the song which closed her set.
The bulk of the audience arrived right before the appearance of the next band, Omega5, the members of which are coming from the U.K., but mostly perform around Corfu island. The vocals interchanged for a couple of songs, but the central figure was Steve Dell, who is a professional British performer. They had a well-worked out sound and the band presented us with covers by bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Eagles, and their appearance at the Festival concluded with Chuck Berry’s Johnny Be Good. At this point I’d like to add that the band’s lead guitarist Sam Woods, left the best of impressions.
Next up, was the local band X-Lovers, led by George Cheimarios. With the band undergoing a change behind the microphone, new singer Alexia Mane, despite the short time period between her joining the band and the performance itself, she was indeed very good. The band was completed by bassist Dave Good and Giannis Michalas on drums, with the latter showing some good technique and precision as a drummer. X-Lovers presented songs by bands such as Muse, Portishead, Amy Winehouse and Police and won the attendance’s applause.
Last band before The Troggs, were British punk rockers Vince Vortex & The Cucumbers, who truthfully justified their punk sensitivities on stage. This was their second appearance on the Festival (with the first one being two years ago, in 2011) and presented songs from some of the most popular punk rock bands of the early 80s. Vince kept calling to the audience and kept changing words with his band mates. All in all a solid performance.
And so we get to the Festival’s headliners, The Troggs, who would appear for the first time in front of the audience of Corfu. With Chris Allen taking the place of recently deceased Reg Pressly, but with the rest of the band’s lineup intact, and more precisely Chris Britton (guitar), Dave Maggs (bass) and Pete Lucas (drums), the Troggs appeared on the stage of Agiotfest. Despite the fact that Chris is with the band for the past one and a half year, he was amazing, a classic blues rock voice, while Chris on guitar was also exceptional, performing as expected, in the classic late-60s early 70s style, especially in the solos. The songs they performed were:
- Give It To Me
- From Home
- Louie Louii
- I Do Do
- Walking the Dog
- Night Of The Long Grass
- Feels Like A Woman
- Anyway That You Want Me
- Strange Moves
- Little Girl
- With A Girl Like You
- Love Is All Around
- Wild Thing
- I Can’t Control Myself
Overall, Agiotfest 2013 was very successful, the audience stayed right until the end and left the festival with the best of impressions. We are looking forward to next year, 2014, and await what’s in store for us in regards to the bands that will appear then.
The sounds from Agiotfest 13 are diminishing like a passing band, yet the memories will be vivid for many who attended the night of the 31st August at the New Cactus Hilton, for a long time to come. Many people have sent thanks for a great show. The truth is it was a great event, simply because of the tireless and often selfless contributions by the ‘Core’, who are named below. If I leave anyone out from this list I humbly apologise and excuse myself on the grounds of diminishing brain-cells. Many other people help and support us in so many ways, time restrictions prevent me from mentioning you all here. Please forgive, but rest assured your contributions are acknowledged. FIRSTLY, TRY THESE LINKS to take you to our superb photographers Dick Mulder and Rob Groove.
Lula: quite simply put, there would be no Agiotfest without her. She seems to be able to multi-task in a blaze of chaotic industry.
Paul and Jan Scotter: Without recompense and never complaining they have been at the forefront of the Fest all year. Organised, friendly, helpful and wise they are two rocks to be leant upon, great sponsors and steadfast friends.
Ken and Jan Harrop: Every year they come up trumps in the north of the island, organizing ticket sales and the coach, and introducing our sister organisation the 100+ Club.
Bill Vrionis: again, there would be a poorer show without Bill and his merry team, who get the sounds just right, and the lighting too. Like so many others they sacrifice money to ensure the Agiotfest will roll down the years, we hope.
Peter, Kostas, Elina and Anna Mantzarou, Kostas Panaretos, Jim Pangrakiotis and Bruno Faggi, their first year as catering team, and also sign-posters and banner erectors.
Richard Wilson: Ticket distributor, band advisor, sponsor and above all else superb stage manager. The show went like clockwork thanks to his professionalism and timekeeping. Michael Spiggos: A central link at Firebrand, Michael filled in at short notice as co compere with Steve, and did some super tight interviews with the acts pre-Fest.
Steve Dell: flew out to Corfu just for the show and gave his usual polished performance on-stage, and chilled out with the other performers off-stage.
Chas Clifton: my cheeky Cockney mate [and a fine discerner of football teams] again mustered a group of his pals to come along, all for the benefit of the village, island and festival.
Lucy Steele: 5 years on the spin she has efficiently anchored our raffle, not only on the night. She organizes the prizes and drums up support in her own inimicable way.
Sally and all at Sally‟s bar, Ipsos: for unselfish and continuous support.
Sue Gentry Done: every year Sue does the business. This year she was doing media I.T promotion mainly, but each year she grows with her width of assistance.
Paul and Sally Grove: as well as being neighbours, friends and sponsors they have for three years allowed us to use their front garden as part of the location. This year Paul‟s promotions officer, Magda, mingled seamlessly with the crowd.
Di Carden and Steve Thomson: Di owns MouseHouse Ltd and sponsors every year. This year, unfortunately, they could not attend in person, as Steve is recuperating from a serious viral infection.
Πέτρος Παπαγεωργίοσ[Petros from Boatman‟s world]: Sponsor, ticket distributor, and avid fan, he has added a new dimension form the Corfiot perspective.
Peter Cookson of Spear Travels: an evergreen sponsor, Pete is a great lover of Corfu and goes out on a limb to support us, such is his passion for helping our lovely island.
Spyros Hytiris: our resident DJ, journalist and –this year- manic dancer!
Mitsos: wonderfully helpful electrician every single time.Total gent.
Sony: great all round physical work, with no complaints.
And last but never least in the Core/Jan Pumford: our secretary volunteers every Agiotfest night to sit at the gate and patiently count everybody in. Not to mention the countless hours she backbones the admin. during the year.
All prize donators for the Agiotfest.
Nikos Pouliasis: Another stage which did not collapse.
The Troggs: Super bunch of men with super attitudes and par excellence on and off stage.
Omega5: fourth appearance in five years speaks volumes.
Adrian Ward: NEW TO THE Festthis year, he was immediately helpful in promoting us, and introduced the young lady Artemis on violin. [Artemis Kokkinou] [and her Mum]: She was a very nervous young lady when she came to pre-open the festival. As many had not arrived in time for her short piece, here is a chance to enjoy her. This young lady is self-taught [from Youtube]. She seeks a tutor! There must be one out there somewhere. http:// w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v=N50_o4nbB-A
Vince Vortex and the Cucumbers: on this their second visit, they entered Corfu folklore. You either hate or love them. I love them.
Heather Skinner [with James Williams] a total contrast in style and delivery from what was to follow; and didn‟t she go down well, and obviously thoroughly enjoyed herself.
X-Lovers: great band, great enthusiasm. They had line-up problems pre -Fest, but overcame them to deliver big time on the night. New singer Alexia has probably gained three to four hundred new fans. Dave Good was a total friend and gent throughout who lent Nobby a bass.
Jim Skinner: Another new lad, though not to festivals, with which he has been much-involved with in the south-west of England. Jim and I slept in the groves the night before the fest, under droplets of rain, guarding the equipment set up on that night.
Bono and Purrsephone: Guard dog and guard cat, for when Jim and I dozed off under the olives.
Chris Allen [of the Troggs] arranged the group‟s appearance here with him. Negotiations were sane, uncomplicated and a pleasure. He does the Troggs proud.
Robert Bennett: Bringer of bodies from the far north [Scotland], on behalf of Krav Maga. Ioakeim Theologou: Poster designer and Events creator on Facebook.
Barry and Stella Knight, Simon and Lin Baddeley, Bob and Jill Carr, Micky Clark, Ricky Collier, Steve Young all great supporters and friends from afar, who provide much-needed sponsorship cash.
Sue at Castaway Travel: For great help with Ken‟s coach.
Mel and Jo Sperling, dear friends from England who freely gave their villa for Vince Vortex and the Cucumbers to stay in. Vince, Nobby Dick and Steve: they paid their own airfares to play for free for you.
Les and Chris Woods: volunteered for stage dressing and general duties and were all-round good eggs.
Brenda Pangrakiotis: all the way from Ferryhill to talk to everybody.
Sunrise Cars for looking after the Troggs in traffic.
The Grammatikos family for their support
Spiros Revis, magic builder, who was invited as our guest, but insisted on paying at the gate despite driving all the way from Petriti. Spiros epitomizes the spirit of Agiotfest. Sofia Kasfiki, Green Island, Lionel Mann. Alex Boukis and Dimitris Krokkidis in their own inimicable way. Sally and all at Sally‟s bar, Ipsos: for unselfish and continuous support. Sue Gentry Done: every year Sue does the business. This year she was doing media I.T promotion mainly, but each year she grows with her width of assistance. Paul and Sally Grove: as well as being neighbours, friends and sponsors they have for three years allowed us to use their front garden as part of the location. This year Paul‟s promotions officer, Magda, mingled seamlessly with the crowd. Di Carden and Steve Thomson: Di owns MouseHouse Ltd and sponsors every year.This year, unfortunately, they could not attend in person, as Steve is recuperating from a serious viral infection. Πέτρος Παπαγεωργίοσ[Petros from Boatman‟s world]: Sponsor, ticket distributor, and avid fan, he has added a new dimension form the Corfiot perspective. Peter Cookson of Spear Travels: an evergreen sponsor, Pete is a great lover of Corfu and goes out on a limb to support us, such is his passion for helping our lovely island. Spyros Hytiris: our resident DJ, journalist and –this year- manic dancer! Mitsos: wonderfully helpful electrician every single time.Total gent. Sony: great all round physical work, with no complaints And last but never least in the Core/Jan Pumford: our secretary volunteers every Agiotfest night to sit at the gate and patiently count everybody in. Not to mention the countless hours she backbones the admin.during the year.