Okay folks. . . here’s my side of RWFanfest
Anyone who knows me knows I’m not like the most subtle of people, so for me to want to write something about how I feel is pretty new to me. Anyway, here’s a little bit about why I wanted to play for the fans at RWFanfest:
This came from a little idea from a couple of different sources back last October, and my, did it grow; more than I think anyone could begin to comprehend.
So, we threw a few ideas out there and the feedback was very promising. It was decided on a date and a venue and the wheels were set in motion.
Being a part of this amazing event has been an absolute pleasure as I have had many a long and sometimes cold time queuing with fans from all over the world and getting to know some a little more than others, but I have to say all are amazing and so passionate about their idol. It’s actually an honour to know them.
I have had the pleasure, like a few privileged others, to actually have conversations with the man himself, and let me tell you it’s a little strange talking with someone you tribute to ( if that makes sense lol ). I very quickly realised how amazingly down to earth he really is and am grateful at how supportive he has been when I have spoken with him. I would arrive home after a gig sometimes and he would ask how it went. It really was a surreal experience.
Also, For him to remember where I was going to be sitting at soccer aid – through all of the planning etc – and then actually come across and introduce himself to me and give me a hug, was awesome. Then as he turned to walk away he glanced back and realised I was standing with my wife and came back to say hello to her. It speaks volumes about what kind of person he is because he really didn’t have to do either of those things.
I wanted to play at RWFanfest to, kind of, say thank you to Rob for the support and to all of the ‘friendlies’ who have also supported me over the years. It may sound a little cheesy, but I can assure you, I gain nothing by saying it. It’s just something I feel I wanted to say. I would like to thank each and every one of you personally, but I’m afraid I’d leave someone out because my memory is pretty crap lol.
Being part of such a great event has truly been amazing, and I’ve probably had the most fun this weekend than I have in a long time. Being there and able to share it with the rest of you just made it so worthwhile. Also, to play to you die-hards is, well. . . let’s just say, a little intimidating because I’m impersonating your idol whom you all know everything about. Who better to judge you, aye? Lol. But truthfully, you made my job easy because you were all so amazing. I have played to crowds of 20,000 at times but let me tell you all right here, right now. . . you are the best audience I’ve ever played to. I also want to say it was just a little sad to have to say goodbye to all you lovely people on Sunday.
On another note, to spend time with Mr Pete Conway, and to perform alongside him, is also a very special moment that I will remember always. I had so much fun singing That’s Life with him, especially at his little prompts before it was my turn to sing which really made me chuckle. . .
People asked me was I nervous about playing in front of Robbie’s dad and you know what? I honestly wasn’t. Not because I’m a big-head or anything, but because Pete is the kind of guy who makes you feel at ease. Much the same as when I met Robbie.
There was so much excitement leading up to this event, from everyone I saw posting about it on the internet etc, and I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it. Especially as the organizers and volunteers have worked so hard on it, making sure everything ran as smoothly as possible throughout, not just the weekend, but the days leading up to it as well. To everyone who donated their time and services, you all deserve a medal or, at least, a MASSIVE thank you, and also to all who attended the RWFanfest and dug deep into their pockets, because without you all it wouldn’t have been what it was. Robbie wouldn’t have had his very first Fan Festival to celebrate his birthday and honour his achievements, and there wouldn’t have been over £10,000 raised for the Donna Louise Hospice.
Anyway, I could go on and on because there’s so much to say, but I think I’ve rambled on for long enough.
So, I leave you with a massive highlight for me from the weekend:
Besides singing with Pete. . .
My number one highlight was walking into the lounge bar back at the hotel, where a lot of us stayed, after the birthday bash on Saturday night to hear you all cheer when I walked in!
THE BEST X
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILL!