Last weekend’s Sunset Concerts were a resounding success, with more than 4,200 people finding their way to Grantez over two nights.
The crowd was a real mixture of friends, family and generations, from young babies to grandparents and the majority in between. Although mainly locals, a number of holiday-makers were delighted to have the opportunity to attend such a unique event, which showcases Jersey at its best.
Charles Alluto, CEO of the National Trust for Jersey said: “we are thrilled so many people came to the concerts again this year. Lots of people arrived by bike or up the foot paths from the bay, making it hard to count exact numbers, but if the event was judged on ground space, it was a sell out.”
Giles Robson, the local blues artist who performed on the Friday told the crowd “it’s not often that we get the opportunity to perform in such stunning surroundings” before launching in to his catchy set on his harmonica, backed by the Dirty Aces who had come directly from an all night gig in France.
Saturday night’s band Skatroniks Jamaica did a fantastic job in getting the crowd up on their feet and attempting some classic Ska dance moves while chanting “Yeh mon!’” [sic] in response to “are we feeling good?”
Money collected from the parking charge (introduced for the first time this year) and donations tallied an impressive £7,738.55 all together.
“We are immensely grateful for the generous donations, which are going straight towards The Birds on the Edge Project” thanked Mr Alluto. “We put together a bird guide with Mike Stentiford, in association with Ashburton, which we hope will encourage people to come back to enjoy the wildlife in St. Ouen’s Bay soon. The Sunset Concerts provide the perfect showcase for our amazing coastline and with the ongoing support of Ashburton we have been delighted to organise an event for so many people to enjoy.”