Imagine that for one day only, the supercharged young people from Haringey Shed were to take over a Sixth Form Centre. Envision if you can, a vibrant and enthralling festival celebrating their work in dance and music. Well, earlier this month, the performing arts company “Where everyone has a part to play”, were responsible for Shed Fest.
Shed Fest was a one of a kind show, with an open and informal atmosphere. One of the company’s projects, Shed Band, delivered toe tapping live tunes, using two drum kits for maximum impact. They played classic and contemporary pieces. The vocals sat well with the instruments, with the overall sound being akin to Neil Young & Crazy Horse – loose but effectively so.
The Big Noise Choir were a revelation in song. Their melodic stylings lifted the roof of The Haringey Sixth Form Centre, spreading joyful vibes to everyone inside. Shed Moves cleared the floor to perform a dance medley, which was technical and innovative. They danced with a mix of grace and attitude.
At one point an older shed member gave a sort of tutorial on sampling in music. He explained what it is and how it’s used in contemporary records. This was an easily accessible, fascinating detour, which enriched the audience’s appreciation of pop beyond the event itself.
The audience were invited to stand and join in with the singing and dancing. Some were too shy, but those who did had a great time. They performed musical rounds with the youngsters. This is where people sing the same song, starting and finishing at different times. The effect was enchanting and brought everyone together.
Shed Fest was uplifting and inclusive. It provided a moving and entertaining overview of what Haringey Shed do.