The Big Church Day Out - Wiston House, West Sussex (24 May 2009)
Last modified: 24 May 2009
Venue: Wiston House, West Sussex
Author: Dave Wood
Date: 24 May 2009
Back in 2002 Delirious? put on an event called The Big Day Out on Littlehampton sea front. As its name suggested, it was pretty big, and a fun day out. Seven years on, the band's keyboard player Tim Jupp came up with the idea of putting on an even bigger event, called The Big Church Day Out. Held in the grounds of the huge country mansion of Wiston House in West Sussex, and with an impressive line up of bands and activities for all ages, this event sold-out completely, as 14,000 people turned up on this sun drenched May bank holiday.
By the time Delirious? took to the stage, late in the day and with a beautiful red sun starting to set behind the tree line, the crowd were packed densely around the front of the Main Stage. A mass of people sprawled outward and up over a grassy hill facing the stage. Opening with God Is Smiling, followed by Rain Down, Delirious? were quickly into their strides. Then it was a blast back to the old days, with a song they used to do 'in the school gym', Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?
Aided by his megaphone, Martin rocked his way through Solid Rock, before Love Will Find A Way was sung at top volume by the impressive crowd. A choir of children joined the band on stage for All God's Children, then the crowd pleasing History Maker erupted as the darkness of the night started to close in.
In an usual move for Delirious?, Martin welcomed on to stage two singers who had performed their own concerts on the Main stage earlier in the day. Graham Kendrick and Michael W Smith pulled up a stool each in the middle of the stage, and together with Martin and Stu G performed the CompassionArt song So Great that the four of them co-wrote together for the charity.
Continuing the air of worship, Delirious? moved the show on with Our God Reigns and then Majesty, before turning the volume back up for Paint The Town Red. Returning from the encore break they had time for two more songs, Stare The Monster Down and the ever stunning My Soul Sings as a memorable night drew to a close.