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RAF Cadets Go Wild For JunNk And Duke After RIAT 2019

With RIAT 2020 cancelled, a look back to how the helpers of 2019 were rewarded

All large-scale events from Glastonbury to Premier League football, have been cancelled for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes big events on the military calendar, including the world’s largest military airshow - The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). 

Events Manager Angie Avlianos from BFBS Live Events (formerly CSE) looks back at how the unsung heroes of RIAT were rewarded.

As an events team, Summer 2020 is looking like a bit of a washout and it’s left us reflecting on the glories of Summer 2019.

One of the highlights was the show we staged at RAF Fairford following the RIAT Air show in July.

After several days of biblical rain where 800 RAF cadets got soaked working hard to support one of the biggest air shows in the world, the sun finally made an appearance and with it came the BFBS Live Events (CSE) team ready to impress.

An imposing stage was installed at base camp ready to deliver a rocking evening of entertainment which had the 800 cadets jumping for joy.   

The evening kicked off with JunNk who must be seen to be believed. These guys take items commonly found in the junkyard and create a spectacular percussive act featuring dynamic vocals, gymnastics and lots of jokes too.

They were an instant hit and had the audience spellbound from the off. 

BFBS Live Events CSE CADESTFEST RIAT 2020

Beatbox legends Duke took to the stage next, delivering a blistering set of dance classics.

These guys have played for BFBS Live Events (CSE) around the world, including gigs in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

They were nervous about playing to such a young crowd but did not need to worry as the whoops, cheers and dancing said it all.

Rounding off the evening were CSE favourites The Dominos. Natasha, Stu, Will and Alex blew the crowd away with a mix of chart hits and classics.

Turns out that kids love their classics as much as the new stuff – cue 800 cadets going crazy for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Who knew that 15 year olds know all the words to Bo-Rap? Freddie would be so proud.

Wing Commander Darran Williams who heads up the RAF Air Cadets detachment said:

“What can I say but a huge THANK YOU to you and your team and to the performers who attended the show at the RIAT Cadet Detachment campsite. 

"The whole evening was a resounding success, cadets and staff are still talking about it being the best cadet camp they have been on ever. If we can do the same next year that would just be amazing.”  

Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets Carol Vorderman retweeted a video of the event thanking us, which was amazing recognition.

It was a really special night as it was a new experience for us to have a crowd all under the age of 20 and an absolute delight to see them having such a great time.

They worked really hard over the weekend in really horrible weather so they deserved a chance to let their hair down and celebrate their achievements.

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