Saturday 14th – Come and join us from 14:30 at the Midland Hotel’s Rotunda Bar for cocktails, and live jazz from the Luca Brasi Four! Everyone is welcome, so come and take some time to chill out before the evening shenanigans begin!
A quick taster of what you can expect to see at the down at the Carleton on Friday night!
See all of Aldous Pinch’s videos here!
October’s Clockwork extravaganza has an incredible line up .
Featuring unmistakably one of the worlds top Steampunk acts
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing,
The delightfully eccentric Captain of the Lost Waves and
This devilish 6 piece go by the name of Ward XVI,
Tickets are on sale now and selling fast so don’t be disappointed grab one now!
We are extremely humbled to read all the comments and are SOOOoo happy you all had a good time.
The team of volunteers supporting us deserve an immeasurable vote of thanks from us. Without them it would not have worked at all…. I mean AT ALL!
And last, but not at all least, YOU!!! You area all awesome!
Live Sunday 4th June at A Splendid Day Out tickets on sale now
If you have not heard of The Captain, that might just be the point!
These are the lost stories and the hidden gems, much like The Captain himself!
He revels in the underground, the magical unseen, the mystical otherworldly-ness of realms often overlooked and consigned to the shadows.
In doing so, he continues to retain a unique boutique connection to those who discover him…’Once a ‘First Mate’, always a ‘First Mate’. If you enjoy a little “Nu Vaudeville” and a “Renaissance of the Bard” then please come forth; if you like to be actively involved in a show and not merely be another bystander, then please come forth; if you like something which is uniquely different every time and is joyously anarchic and highly unpredictable, then please come forth. If you like defying the norms of social convention and enjoy laughter and fun-fuelled rebellion and reflection in equal measure, then please do come forth. A Captain Of The Lost Waves show has been described as a “Pixar – esque journey”, keeping all suitably stimulated in a variety of medium & moods.
A timeless troubadour, creating a concoction of music & interactive, intuitive performance… No gig is ever the same.
Where sweet black cabaret meets a healthy dollop of vaudeville. Replete with an equal measure of joy, pathos and profundity it has to be seen to be believed.
The Captain’s charm is an inimitable balance of enviable talent, charismatic humour, grace and brilliant mystical lunacy
My expectations were high and The Captain exceeded them all!
Captivating and delightful, he absolutely hypnotised the audience. It is beautifully performed and charming as well as charismatic and funny.
A mesmerising performer, so confident and skilled in what he does that you can really relax in his care and revel in his world, I don’t say this lightly, but that was one of the greatest experiences of my life!
SHANGRI – LA CABARET CLUB, PRESTWICH, MANCHESTER
How one man can change the whole energy in a room the way the Captain does is a true natural wonder to witness… a force of nature, bemusing & enlightening in equal measure. …. this is not just vaudeville, this is vaudeville cubed!!!
it is impossible to convey the wild, weird all consuming life affirming alchemy that takes place….
Not a trained Actor!!!! What? really!! I was floored!!
I can only compare his mesmerising presence & dexterity of expression to that of RSC Stalwart Sir David Mark Rylance in Jerusalem, (please investigate) …..
He holds your attention with such charismatic presence & hypnotic engagement that you become lost in the most focused of fashions.
I’ve yet to mention his utterly gorgeous , unique, cinematically crafted songs, all delivered with a voice that is both gravity defying & operatic, yet shot through with a tangible palpable visceral honesty from his gut…
A musical magician & Artist of the highest order…. Electric & memorable in every way.
LUCIE’S LOUNGE, THE BLOOMSBURY TAVERN, SHAFTSBURY AVE, LONDON JAN 2017
The man who makes any part of the venue the stage…. Welcoming all comers or damn near accosting them in the friendliest of rebellious fashions.
He has inhabited a world of his own making which is like no other… He is the finest of singers; his projection of volume in scarily operatic measures deemed one to question whether he really was achieving such command whilst completely devoid of amplification … Coupled with being an actor, storyteller, poet & comedian too , what else is there to say about his seriously off the scale elevation in executing a masterclass in how to engage, challenge & mesmerise … Surreal, joyous & anarchically wonderful.
In all of my life I’ve never ever ever seen anything like what I’ve just witnessed… A true original. How can one describe that? Beyond comparison in any way .
Musically, comedically & in the art of what makes a miraculous performer you possess it in abundance.
SURREY STEAMPUNK CONVIVIAL
And so he arrived, the enigmatic Captain, armed just with a wireless headset mic and a Bouzouki/Ukulele under his arm. What was to follow was a promenade performance, the likes of which I can find no equal or comparison. To experience a COTLW performance is to find yourself in Alice’s pocket. A glorious journey through a wonderland of mischief, sonic majesty and fearless exploration. Captivating the audience in the most unique of fashions, the nearest I can get to a description is cross between a minstrel and a bard. His skills are so complex and rare yet ultimately universal., hence they are impossible to describe in the limited expression of language. Huge charisma and had the audience of around 250 people in the palm of his hand, this performance was undoubtedly the highlight of the festival for me and many more!
ASYLUM FESTIVAL, LINCOLN – audience reaction reviews 2016
**** “I don’t think I’m made of that stuff,” laments the singer-songwriter styled only as the Captain. The doubt’s right there, in the lyrics of one of his beautifully heartfelt songs – yet if “that stuff” is talent, then the man we see in front of us clearly exudes it from every pore. Let’s be clear about one thing first: The Captain really can sing. I don’t just mean he can sing in Fringe terms – I mean he has a voice you might hear on a West End stage, or here in Edinburgh at a recital in the Usher Hall. **** RICHARD STAMP, FRINGE GURU (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
***** ‘Now this was a curio of time-travel theater. His Good Ship has landed at Space Triplex for a short run and yesterday I was called to witness his melody, muse and weirdness. Fifty minutes of nautical mysticism brought to life with a genuine apparition of a Spirit Galleon’ ***** MARK ‘DIVINE’ CALVERT, MUMBLE CIRQUE (Edinburgh Fringe Festival ).
***** ‘The Captain knows how to keep an audience engaged. Not only through his songs (one of the best singers I`ve seen); the audience participation who gets to be part of the show and the chorus (I was lucky enough to get a kazoo); his stories from a rather heavy book from which he kept tearing pages for our amusement’.
‘Favourite show in the Fringe this year. Fun songs for people of any age and all the family that will make you smile. A great whimsical character and an hour isn’t long enough! I recommend it to everyone!’
‘An incredibly funny and charismatic talented man ‘
‘What splendid deliverance of an outstanding performance! 5* Become immersed in the captains adventures through time and space, through heart felt storytelling and deep and meaningful songs, that will have you singing and tapping along in minutes, in this unique and unusual show ‘
‘ No fanfare, no announcement, no “make some noise” for the Captain. He’s there waiting in the dark with us and he calmly steps forward when his audience is settled. He gives us a brief introduction about his cosmic journey and begins the first of 7 beautifully crafted songs, all of which you are encouraged to sing along with. It’s ok, you will feel compelled and unabashed.His stage persona suggests we accept him and his stories at face value. Tales of musical collaborations with Edith Piaf and Captain Rickard are mesmerising. As the audience accepts his word we believe his tales from outer space about meetings with names we have never heard’ ***** EDFRINGE.COM
Do you have coglings or small children under 12? Do they want to dress up as pirates? Do the want to win a prize? Then get them over to the information tent at The Platform before 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday to register for Wee Gully’s
SPLENDID PIRATE PARADE!!!!!!!
All pirates welcome…
Look at our latest addition to the Festival. Now this is exciting.
This little beauty will be trundling along the Promenade over the weekend
A 10.25″ gauge portable miniature steam railway, bringing the joy and pleasure of steam to children of all ages.
What would Steampunk be without Steam Engines. We are pleased to announce that this year A Splendid Day Out will see the promenade closed off to the general traffic and replaced by these beautiful Steam engines. Plenty of photo opportunities and lots of lovely steaminess to enjoy.
Ok Guys this is where we need your help. The voting is Now open for The Sunshine Awards and a chance for us to be recognised for putting on A Splendid Day Out.. The League of Splendid have been nominate for the local entertainment award and we would appreciate your time to cast a vote on our behalf.