Bristol in Focus as Blast Returns

11 June 2021

Today, Gloucestershire Cricket welcomes the return of the Vitality Blast to the Bristol County Ground, and with it, a whole host of new and exciting features installed in the year and nine months since a crowd last witnessed a T20 match in the city.

The facelift of the ground by Bristol-based street artist Silent Hobo has continued, spreading his unique style to the groundskeepers’ huts and The Thatchers Café. His most recent work has seen murals of Club Legend Mark Alleyne and England Women captain Heather Knight added to the Club offices.

The Legends Walkway at the Ashley Down Road End of the ground has also been extended with six new faces joining the original 12: Tony Brown, Ian Harvey, Michael Klinger, John Mortimore, Craig Spearman and Arthur Milton.

The Club are excited to host two locally based music acts to our new stage, hosted by BIMM Bristol, prior to the start of play.

Jodie Mellor & Charlie T Smith

A pop duo of singer songwriters with French and English roots, Jodie and Charlie bring soft instrumentation and delicate vocals.

Following the success of their first release as a duo ‘Mine & Hers’, the pair released ‘Struck Gold’, a sentimental and uplifting sequel with personal notes of the pairs journey.

Listen to Jodie Mellor Listen to Charlie T Smith

Gabriel Templar

Gabriel Templar is a 20-year-old artist known for writing incredibly catchy and memorable songs according to big names such as Michael Eavis, the founder of Glastonbury Festival where Gabriel has performed six times already.

Gabriel creates his own unique sound by combining The Beatles incredibly catchy melody lines with Eminem’s fast and clever lyrical pace. His wide range of inspiration allows him and his band to explore new sounds when recording and performing.

He is yet to release his debut album but has amassed over 700 thousand followers on social media where he promotes his music.

Listen to Gabriel Templar

A growing relationship with BIMM Bristol has allowed us to showcase Bristol’s best new up-and-coming artists. Different acts will perform live at all T20 matches in Bristol this year.

Fosters Catering, another local business, will be providing a wide range of food for tonight’s T20 match rounding off a truly local feel to proceedings. Alongside classic American hot dogs and burgers, there is a noodle bar and of course the return of Paulo and Anna’s ice cream vans.

Gloucestershire Cricket’s environmental sustainability endeavours continue to grow as supporters are encouraged to attend matches on foot, by bike or by local transport. Electric vehicle charging points, electric mowers and e-ticketing continue to progress the Club’s ambitions which are backed by sustainability partner and waste management company, Grundon.

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