Search

Halesworth's gig in the park a success

PUBLISHED: 07:03 10 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:26 06 July 2010

Halesworth Gig in the Park

Halesworth Gig in the Park

Hayley Mace

Thousands of music lovers enjoyed a perfect summer festival full of sunshine and live music at Halesworth's Gig In The Park this weekend.

The event, which featured 70 acts, kicked off on Friday evening and saw record-breaking crowds head to the town park over the weekend to enjoy the variety of music on offer.

Thousands of music-lovers enjoyed a perfect summer festival full of sunshine and live music at Halesworth's Gig in the Park at the weekend.

The event, which featured 70 acts, kicked off on Friday evening and saw record-breaking crowds head to the town park over the weekend to enjoy the variety of music on offer.

This year, the festival boasted three stages for the first time in its 12-year history, with an intermediate stage in place next to the main stage to show acts during the turnaround of the headliners.

Musical highlights included a performance on Saturday night by Squeeze star Glenn Tilbrook, who performed many of the band's old favourites with his new group The Fluffers.

Cockney rockers Chas 'n' Dave were also due to perform on Saturday night, but Dave was unable to make it to the event due to a family bereavement, leaving Chas to perform alone with their band.

Organiser John Marshall-Potter said: "The beautiful weather has certainly helped us this year.

"Friday night was by far the biggest we've ever had and Saturday was also sold out.

"We've had a completely eclectic mix of music on offer so there has been something for everyone, which I think is what makes the festival so popular."

Some of the local talent on show included Norwich-based pop-punk group The Brownies and Lowestoft grunge band Six Degrees of Separation and The Fuzz, a young band from Bungay

Lowestoft band The Darkness' former drummer Ed Graham's new band Karaoke For Beginners also performed for the festival crowds.

Mr Marshall-Potter said that the event has grown in popularity and become an important part of the town's calendar.

""The reason it's so successful is that the people of Halesworth have taken ownership of the event and love it.

"Our tag line this year has been 'Halesworth's got talent' and with a lot of local bands performing, we've proved that. We couldn't do it without the great local support and the volunteers who give up their time to help us year after year."

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Lowestoft Journal