Carnival act will be a glass of its own

Brendan Murphy, part of Glassonic. Picture by Dave Turnbull.
Brendan Murphy, part of Glassonic. Picture by Dave Turnbull.
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Plans for this year’s Whitley Bay Carnival are in a glass of their own after confirmation that musicians Glassonic will make their carnival debut.

Seasoned glass musician Brendan Murphy and sound artist Nick Williams will be premiering a specially-commissioned piece in conjunction with aerial dance group Hang.

Whitley Bay Carnival logo

Whitley Bay Carnival logo

Brendan, who lives with his family in Whitley Bay, creates music using pieces of glass as percussion instruments and with electronic sound designer Nick, has become a critically-acclaimed act.

Hang – a local aerial dance group, who fly effortlessly through the sky on trapeze and hoops – will be performing to the specially-written piece of music in the outdoor circus ring at the Spanish City plaza.

Brendan said: “I’m so pleased that we are able to get involved in this year’s carnival.

“While this is my carnival debut, I’ve attended the last two carnivals with my family and have been amazed at what the organisers have managed to achieve.

“This year, however, they have raised the bar considerably and it’s an honour to premier our latest material here in my home town with such a special backdrop as a stage.”

Carnival director Carol Alevroyianni added: “We are over the moon that Glassonic will form part of this year’s entertainment programme, they are truly unique and people will be amazed by the music they produce from a range of glass.

“While the carnival is first and foremost a community celebration with more than 800 school children and local residents taking part in this year’s parade, it’s fantastic that so many professional artists have been happy to get involved too – and are bringing with them brand new, never seen before material. We are pretty confident that the quality of entertainment on offer this year will surpass all expectations, helping to put the carnival on the map and cementing its future within the town.”

The Whitley Bay Carnival, once a focal point of the town’s calendar, was brought back to life in 2014 by Whitley Bay Big Local.

This year’s event, which is once again being organised by local Whitely Bay resident and professional event producer Carol Alevroyianni, has strong financial support from local businesses as well as sponsorship from Whitley Bay Big Local and support from The National Lottery through Arts Council England. Visit www.facebook.com/whitleybay communitycarnival