July 8, 2008
Park Swings to a Funky Music Beat
By Andy Coleman
ORGANISERS of a Birmingham arts festival were today celebrating their most successful event to date.The Cotteridge Community Festival of Music Arts and Dance - COCO MAD- attracted more than 5,000 people to Cotteridge Park on Saturday, the most in its 11-year history.
A mix of music kept the crowds entertained throughout the nine hour show which included dance workshops, circus skills instruction and percussion lessons.
Among the bands on stage were The Acoustic Theatre, Tempting Rosie, Red Route, The Old Dance School, 360 and, representing Birmingham's International Jazz Festival, Back 2 Funk.
The group 360 were fresh from an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival where they made such an impression some fans who saw them at the Somerset show travelled to Cotteridge for second helpings.
"Our festival was a huge success, the best ever," said organiser Emma Woolf, who chairs Friends of Cotteridge Park.
"We're already planning for next year which will be on July 4 so we may have an American Independence theme. We're going international!
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