Severn Sport 12 Days Of Christmas – Day 6: Sport & Music come together at Sportbeat Festival 2013

Today is day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas and it marks the half way point of the countdown and throwback into the Severn Sport vault. At this stage we are going to take a break from football and have a music break. 

Firstly, a reminder that if you missed Day 5 and Luke Hopper’s hattrick in Gloucester City’s 5-0 win against Altrincham from 2016 then check it out here. 

Today we go even further back into our history and look at a part of our timeline that we are very proud to include. Back in 2013 Sportbeat Festival was put on for the very first time at Plock Court, Gloucester.

The festival was designed to combine music and sport to create a family friendly and fun festival environment for all. During the years we were involved in the festival we can only applaud the organisers for putting together a great festival than was enjoyed by all.

Our role was to provide media coverage on the day of the event and to promote the activities whilst enjoying some of the best music from Gloucestershire and around the world.

Highlights over the years included roaming reporter Ryan interviewing The Vamps two weeks before they reach the UK Top 10 (coincidence? I think not!), meeting a very friendly X Factor winner in Matt Cardle and being able to hang out backstage with The Feeling. Incredible experiences!

You can re-live the debut year below, with a variety of live sets as recorded back in 2013. Check them out:

Firstly, we have Spanish singer/songwriter Juan Zelada. The 37 year old has been played frequently on BBC Radio 2, including single “Breakfast in Spitalfields” which was the second most aired single on the station in 2012, with only Adele being played more.

Vince Freeman graced the stage after making the final of The Voice in 2012. The acoustic singer entertained Plock Court whilst providing his range of vocals that impressed Will.I.Am.

Fresh off their stint on the 2013 Britain’s Got Talent, Blonde Louis touched down in Gloucester. They split up in September 2013, so their success was relatively short lived.

Young Kato were a Cheltenham-based Indie band who reached a decent level of success, most notably having their smash single “Drink, Dance, Play” included on an episode of the Channel 4 show Made In Chelsea. The song also reached number 58 in the UK Alternative Airplay Charts after being included on XFM’s playlist. The band split up in 2017.

Another one of the contingent to come from reality TV, Bruce is most known for being the runner-up in Series 1 of The Voice in 2012. Her debut album was released in 2013 and she has appeared as a featured artist on a number of dance tracks since.

Indie rock Brummie band The Twang will go down as one of the best acts to have played the Plock Court stage. Playing before The Enemy on the Saturday saw a number of spectators arrive just to see those two. A vivid image of a smoke bomb being set off in the mosh pit during Either Way is a particular highlight.

The Coventry based Indie band were and still are considered pioneers during the Indie boom of the mid 2000s. Their single “Be Somebody” is synonymous with football after being featured on FIFA 13 and was also used as ITV’s theme song for their FA Cup coverage. This was Ryan’s favourite set of the weekend, as you will be able to hear below.

Has that got anyone else in the mood for a summer festival? Hats off to Sportbeat Festival for being a tremendous part of our history and we hope to see it back again soon.

Don’t miss out on day 7 of the Severn Sport 12 Days of Christmas tomorrow as we continue to take a look in the Severn Sport vault. Tomorrow we take a look back at Longlevens’ trip to Ardley United last season as they looked to break their duck in the FA Vase.