The Steelers returned to play on the main stage at one of the country’s main world music festivals this weekend, which just happens to take place here in Cornwall. The Steelers, Treviglas College’s steel band, opened the main stage at Tropical Pressure 2018 as part of the festival’s Caribbean day to huge acclaim from all that were there!
Having enjoyed two days of Latin and African music, the festival crowd quickly filled the main arena in anticipation of the Steelers’ return! The band have regularly played many different festivals for the past four years, and this year The Steelers has seen many new players join the band as pans became available. Having learned the set by ear, the Steelers delivered a riotous set of familiar songs, rearranged with a Caribbean sound. Included in the set were new arrangements of the classic Oye Coma Va and Move Your Feet by Junior Senior, alongside arrangements of Toto’s Africa and Monkey Man. The crowd loved it.
The band knew straight away that they were picking up on the success we enjoyed at Tropical Pressure last year when, from the off, the whole stage crew, and audience started grooving along. They didn’t stop for the whole set! In fact, we heard some of the best audience singing we’ve ever heard throughout our 45 minute set. It was made all the more special as we were on a massive stage, in glorious sunshine, at a venue that overlooks the sea. The band were rightly proud.
After the gig, the band were booked to lead a steel band workshop at the festival for anyone who wanted to try playing pan. The workshop quickly resulted in the participants playing an arrangement of the Caribbean classic Hot Hot Hot. With the support of The Cornwall Music Hub and their Jumbie Jam trainer pans, it was possible to have over 30 people trying a bit of pan whilst at the festival. These experiences, for the public and for the Treviglas students in the band, are really valuable and so much fun!
Speaking after the gig Mr Mildenhall commented that “in the 16 years I’ve been involved in the Steelers, this was one of the most fun gigs ever. The band were incredible, as was the support of the families of players. What a great start to the forthcoming summer holiday!”