Hit the Limelight

Hit the Limelight is Medstead Village Hall's programme enabling quality public entertainment in our village hall. Building on the success of running 'Hog the Limelight' events in Medstead for over ten years, we now book and present our own range of shows under the 'Hit the Limelight' name.

Future Hit the Limelight shows:

Regrettably, further shows have been put off until the corona virus pandemic is over and 'normallity' returns.

To be added to the mailing list for future shows email: .

The ethos of ‘Hit the Limelight’ is to provide quality affordable entertainment in Medstead and provide more opportunities for local people to socialise. The shows are all open to the public and intended to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Surplus proceeds from the events go towards improvement to Medstead Village Hall.

Thanks to everyone who has supported previous events and we look forward to your on-going support, whether by attending, sponsoring, promoting ticket sales, helping front of house or behind the scenes on show days. Feedback and suggestions always welcome.

Previous Hit the Limelight events in Medstead have been: Cylvia - sounds of the sixties, Flying Visit, The Dolomites Rock 'n' Roll Show, Flying Visit, The Dolomites, Cylvia singing classic hits from the 50's & 60's and Barryoke! singing along to the music of Queen. See below for reviews.

Mike Overy
[Tel: (01420) 562 378, e-mail: ]

Cylvia sings classic hits from the 50's & 60's (January 2020)

Cylvia at Medstead

Cylvia made a welcome return to the Medstead stage, performing classic hits from the 50’s & 60’s.

A thoroughly enjoyable and fun evening of nostalgia for those of us brought up in the 60s, with lots of audience participation - singing, dancing and friendly heckling! A great song selection to sing along to.

Thank you and well done to Cylvia for stepping in to entertain us.

Cylvia has definitely gained some new fans.
[Tania Mccullough]

Flying Visit (October 2019)

Flying Visit at Medstead

Flying Visit made a welcome return to the Medstead stage, playing well know hits from the 60's & 70's. The audience whether watching, listening, dancing or singing along, all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
[Mike Overy]

The Dolomites (January 2019)

The Dolomites at Medstead

A massive thank you to The Dolomites, their sell out Rock 'n' Roll Show was absolutely incredible! Their performance, energy and interaction with the audience were all superb! Judging by the dancing and happy faces of those there, a great night out was had by all.
[Aloma James]

Flying Visit (October 2018)

Flying Visit at Medstead

Flying Visit played well know hits from the 60's & 70's to an appreciative audience, who lapped it all up, joining in the choruses with gusto and many dancing the night away. The band's repertoire being a blend of Rock n Roll, country rock, blues and ballads, influenced by a broad range of well known bands and solo artists. Another great evening's entertainment, hopefully to be repeated soon.
[Mike Overy]

The Dolomites New Year Rock 'n' Roll Show (January 2018)

The Dolomites at Medstead

We had a most enjoyable and highly evocative evening being entertained by 'The Dolomites', formerly known as 'The Toledos'. The band comprised of 3 guitars, a drummer and Daisy, the female vocalist. The songs covered the 1950’s and 1960’s, bringing memories of a period rich in talent. Artists included: The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Lulu, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison and too many others to list all here.

The songs were delivered with high energy and enthusiasm, to such an extent that members of the audience were joining in dancing, singing along and tapping to the music. A show of hands clearly indicated the wish for a return performance, hopefully for next year.

Thanks must not only go to The Dolomites, but also to Mike Overy and the Limelights team for sourcing and presenting yet another excellent show. All in all, a great evening of entertainment provided by The Dolomites, with the audience providing the appreciation, participation and enthusiasm.
[Paul Cockram]

Cylvia sings classic hits from the 50's & 60's (May 2017)

Cylvia at Medstead

Once again Medstead Village Hall was packed, this time for an evening with Cylvia. The promise was to entertain us with an evening of jazzy vocals from the 50's and 60's - and so she did!

As the Hall filled with old and new friends meeting up, Ruth played background music on piano.

Cylvia started the evening dressed in a snazzy, colourful outfit, singing the 50's hit 'Lipstick on your Collar' by Connie Francis, then proceeded to excite the audience and encourage their participation over a number of their favourites, including, 'Diana' by Paul Anka and 'Big Spender' by Shirley Bassey, rounding off the first session, with a rousing version of the Tom Jones classic - 'Delilah'.

After the interval, Cylvia returned to the stage in a shimmering silver dress and treated us all to 'Can't help lovin' dat man' and 'Summertime', both sung unaccompanied. They were followed by further classics from the era, again with the audience joining in and enjoying.

Another short break gave Cylvia the chance to change outfits yet again, and we finished with a flourish of audience participation, not only singing but also dancing.

All in all, a great evening of entertainment provided by Cylvia, with the audience providing the appreciation, participation and enthusiasm.

How good it was to see our Hall yet again alive with fine entertainment and enjoyment for all - another hit for 'Hit The Limelight'.
[Joan Gibbs]

Barryoke! Sing along to the music of Queen (February 2017)

Barryoke! at Medstead

Barryoke! Hits the Limelight

The first ‘Hit the Limelight’ event, on a cold snowy February evening, was Barry Buckley with his aptly named Barryoke! - a sing along to the music of Queen. He was warmly welcomed by the sell out audience in Medstead Village Hall, as he expertly guided us through many of Queen’s best loved songs, interspersed with pictures of and factoids about the band. Barryoke! involves everyone joining in the singing, with the words shown on the big screen and to quote one of the audience ‘I have not sung like that in a very long time - great fun from beginning to end’. With plenty of arm swaying, hand clapping, air guitars and foot stomping, the evening culminated in a rousing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody (well - what else could it have been?). Overall a ‘rollickingly good evening’.

Thanks should go to Medstead Scouts for providing the bar, which no doubt helped to lubricate our voices and loosen our inhibitions. Thanks also to Ruth for her lovely piano music pre-show and to Mike and his team for the organization.
[Marie Chawks]