Thousands flock to Stompin’ on the Quomps 2021 in Christchurch
THOUSANDS joined the party at Christchurch quay at the weekend as Stompin' on the Quomps made a welcome return.
Like so many gatherings last year, the 2020 event was cancelled over the coronavirus outbreak, but organisers were delighted with the turnout on Saturday despite moving the date from August to September.
“We think around 5,000 people attended over the course of the day; it didn’t rain and the music was outstanding,” said Stompin’ chair, Eliot Walker.
"The number of traders on site was slightly lower than in previous years, but given how the pandemic has hit small businesses, that’s understandable.”
Six bands performed over the course of the day, with London-based jazz-funk headliners Redtenbacher’s Funkestra getting the crowd on their feet.
“In spite of being restricted to one stage this year, we’ve managed to put on a great show, with a wide variety of jazz-based music,” said artistic programmer Paul Kelly.
“We’ve sought to give as many local bands a platform as we can, reflecting the excellent quality of music in the area.
"We’ve been able to attract a top quality act like Funkestra, and the crowds were up and dancing to the swing of the Taverners Big Band who closed the show, just as they always have.”
Eliot added: “Moving the event from its usual early-August slot to September this year was a wise precaution.
“We’re really grateful to our sponsor Biz Space and to BCP Council and Christchurch Town Council for funding this year’s event. We’ll be using the next few months to plan how we can grow and improve Stompin’ 2022.”
Stompin’ on The Quomps is a free event, with half the donations received going to good causes in Christchurch, organised by The Round Table.
It will return next year on Saturday 6th August.