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Kevin Costner and Modern West for Sportbeat? No thanks we'd rather have Soul II Soul

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

By Nick Webster

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Kevin Costner has played Robin Hood, Bull Durham and Superman’s dad in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters – but he was turned away from taking the stage at this summer’s Sportbeat festival as his act wasn’t considered right for the show.

The decision by organisers to reject one of Hollywood’s best known stars is testament to how far the festival has come in 12 months.

But Costner’s country rockers Modern West won't be on the bill. Saturday night's headliners to 90s R&B act Soul II Soul.

Modern West has played all over the world and released two albums.

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The Oscar-winning actor, who starred in Hollywood flop Waterworld, may have felt at home in Plock Court. It is an area famous for spending much of the winter underwater due to flooding.

Festival organiser Jody Gooding, said Sportbeat had been in lengthy discussions with many agents of bands, but were surprised to be approached by Costner’s representatives.

“We were booking bands and doing the rounds with all the agencies to see what acts were available and one agent said would we be interested in Kevin Costner,” he said.

“At first I thought it was a joke, I didn’t know he played in a band. He plays in a rock band and felt it wasn’t quite right for what we were after.

“On one hand it would have been quite good, but it would have been bizarre. One of our crew said he had seen Kevin’s band play at V-Festival. Apparently, when he is over here filming, he looks to play gigs at weekends to keep busy.

“I was trying to get my head around Kevin Costner at Plock Court. It was a bit of a gamble. If they had been really bad, it could have been quite funny and more of a comedy act.”

Jody stressed it's not that Costner and his crew were deemed 'not good enough' for Sportbeat, just that they didn't fit with the festival's balance.

Organisers were banking on an unnamed US soul act who were hoping to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a Gloucester gig at Plock Court. Described as a ‘major act’, the band had to pull out at the last minute after double booking as a warm up for Damon Albarn in New York.

Sportbeat is in its second year and takes place on the weekend of June 7 and 8.

Other bands lined up include Razorlight, Reverend & the Makers, Hoosiers and The Ordinary Boys, alongside a sports programme, vintage fayre and street art exhibition.

The Citizen approached Modern West but received no reply before we went to press.

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Jody Gooding, SportBeat organiser, released the following statement on Thursday afternoon:

We are very excited to have Grammy award winners Soul ll Soul as our headliners for Saturday night and we are sure they will entertain our crowd. They have had a very illustrious career with two number one albums. They will perform as the full band with Jazzy B and Caron Wheeler. More acts to be announced soon that will complement the Saturday headliner.

We, the organisers at SportBeat, just wanted to clarify some elements of the story in The Citizen today with regards to Kevin Costner and his band Modern West.

In the process of selecting dozens of bands for each festival, we have considered hundreds of fantastic acts – Modern West, included, many of which have been award-winning and chart-topping performers.

Our headliners Razorlight and Grammy award-winning Saturday headliners Soul II Soul are evidence of this.

We didn’t pursue Kevin Costner and Modern West after initial discussions as we had difficulty fitting them into the gaps in the line-up we still had available for that day. We were excited to find out they could potentially play at SportBeat as they are an extremely professional act with a huge name, so it is unfortunate that it didn’t work out.

We have worked with talented agents around the world to find acts that fit with our line-up and ethos of giving Gloucestershire the summer festival it deserves. As with every festival around the world, we have chosen to proceed with a very small percentage of the acts we’ve considered, for a variety of reasons.

When planning our line-up, we speak with a wide range of trusted friends and consultants. Chris Chatterton, the Mayor of Gloucester, is one of these trusted friends. He has a varied and informed knowledge of music, as do many of the people we consult.

Although his opinion is valued, the final decision with relation to the festival line-up is with us, the SportBeat organisers.

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  • Cagey  |  April 25 2014, 4:11PM

    Johnnyhier I did go to the Festival last year, I played in the netball tournament, my husband enjoyed the music & beer and our children had great fun attending their first Festival! The idea I think is great as the event has something for all the family to enjoy and is more affordable than almost all other Festivals we looked at. Mixing sport and music isn't something new as it happens all over the country and there's a huge one in Bournemouth which we hope to get to very soon! It's great that at last Gloucester City has a Festival for all on it's doorstep and yes we've got our tickets for this years Festival!

  • Cagey  |  April 25 2014, 4:04PM

    I did go last year, I played in the netball, my husband enjoyed the music and beer, our children enjoyed the Festival experience, come and try it sports & fun. The organisers idea is simply allowing the whole family to enjoy a weekend at a local Festival at an affordable price. Music/Sport isn't an unusual mix as there are others in the country, in fact there's a huge one in Bournemouth! Give it time as …… Rome wasn't built in a day …..

  • Kay_Powell  |  April 25 2014, 3:55PM

    The wording of this article has changed since yesterday. Today's Citizen has had to print a correction of their article from yesterday, but it still doesn't apologize to Cllr. Chatterton for blaming him for a decision that wasn't his.

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  • Johnnyhier  |  April 25 2014, 3:41PM

    Fair enough Cagey, perhaps I'm a little out of touch. I am a Radio 6 listener with very wide tastes but I must say I have not heard of these acts. The budget is the problem I guess and I respect that. I must say, I love Plock Court (I run their most week days), and I loved the set up last year. Such a shame that the audience was so thin on the ground though. I wonder if the combination of sport and music put some off. It does seem a strange combination at a festival. I'm just pleased that ANYTHING happens in Gloucester. Sounds like you are going and I hope you have a great time!

  • Cagey  |  April 25 2014, 3:23PM

    How many up and coming artists do you want? Check out The Struts, By the Rivers, Shy Nature, Big Sixes, George Barnett, Isaiah Dreads, Canary Swing, Kitten and Bear, Scott James & the Revolution, I,The Lion, Smith & Jones, The Feddens, Emi McDade, Quigley Music, JPR Music, Not Completely Blonde, New Lake, Polarly Bear, Parc Royale, Delicate Holly and many more also the Academy Stage for U18s with Blossom Caldarone headlining! The organisers are probably constrained by a budget so congrats to them for taking a risk.

  • Johnnyhier  |  April 25 2014, 2:24PM

    Most disappointed the festival are not considering Kevin with his plock court of dreams. Perhaps they fear the country genre is to unfashionable for Gloucester. Shame as Americana and 'Alt' country are huge elsewhere on the UK festival circuit. I would have loved to hear those slide guitars and gravely voices with the sun setting behind the cathedral. In my opinion the festival is too focused upon 'safe' studenty acts and failed indie bands. Last year was certainly NOT diverse in musical territory so it's a shame they have not taken a bit of a risk with Kevin. If it is sunny, country music usually goes down pretty well (even with people who claim they dislike it). I think the festival should take a few more risks and promote more up and coming artists/bands as well oldies (who have dried up on their PRS cheques). Very pleased that Soul 2 Soul are playing though :) but Menswear......really?

  • Johnnyhier  |  April 25 2014, 2:18PM

    Most disappointed the festival are not considering Kevin with his plock court of dreams. Perhaps they fear the country genre is to unfashionable for Gloucester. Shame as Americana and 'Alt' country are huge elsewhere on the UK festival circuit. I would have loved to hear those slide guitars and gravely voices with the sun setting behind the cathedral. In my opinion the festival is too focused upon 'safe' studenty acts and failed indie bands. Last year was certainly NOT diverse in musical territory so it's a shame they have not taken a bit of a risk with Kevin. If it is sunny, country music usually goes down pretty well (even with people who claim they dislike it). I think the festival should take a few more risks and promote more up and coming artists/bands as well oldies (who have dried up on their PRS cheques). Very pleased that Soul 2 Soul are playing though :) but Menswear......really?

  • Kay_Powell  |  April 24 2014, 4:48PM

    It seems that the organisers have tried to pass the blame for failing to book Kevin Costner. The front page of today's Citizen blames the mayor, but it can't really be his fault. He didn't block the booking. When he gets back from South Korea, I can see him being rather annoyed at the Citizen for its front page story.

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  • twinkletoes40  |  April 24 2014, 2:06PM

    I would of been there without a doubt, you should be catering for every ones taste not just there own personal taste, I say bring them in or even both

  • ivor_biggun  |  April 24 2014, 12:41PM

    Actually really like his music, would have been quite a good fit in my opinion.

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