MUSIC fans have rated this year’s Stanley Festival as better than ever, writes Matthew Roberts.
The local festival rocked on over the weekend August 20-21 and featured top bands including Nizlopi, The Rock Bottoms, Spiro and The After Hours as well as a host of local talent.
And despite the downpours on Saturday, which hit attendance in the community field, there was plenty of fun for all among the stalls and rides as well as on stage.
Plus of course there was quality food from around the globe to enjoy.
Toby Hemming, aged 19 who performed at the festival on Saturday with his band Catalina Wine Mixer said: “Playing at the festival was a really enjoyable experience and was a really good opportunity, as a band, to be able to play music in front of a rather large crowd.”
Many other acts performed over the two days and were given the opportunity to display their musical talents under the spotlights to a large audience.
This year included the introduction of the new dance tent which went down as a massive hit and brought a lot more people in visiting to see the new attraction.
The venue included a lot of modern chart hits as well as a few gems from decades past that brought the generations together and had everyone up and dancing.
Jacob Colcombe, aged 17, who attended the festival said: “The heavens opened up on us but we all had an amazing time and really enjoyed ourselves, the live music was spot on and various stands promoting charities and Army work placements were informative and interesting.”
Borough Mayor Councillor Joe Baker, who used pedal power to make a smoothie as well as showcasing his wall climbing skills at the festival said: “The weather put a damper on the first day but the stall holders were keen and it was was great to give local talent the opportunity to perform.
“Once again Redditch borough council has put on a great success at a great venue.”
Coun Bill Hartnett, leader of Redditch borough council added: “Although we couldn’t use some of the small gazebos in the community field on the Saturday because of the strong winds, the sun eventually shone on the rest of the weekend and on the thousands of people who came to enjoy the bands, food stalls and entertainment at Morton Stanley.
“It was a fun weekend for all the family and thanks to everyone who came to support our festival which is one of the jewels in our events programme!”