Thousands enjoy music in the sun at festival’s anniversary weekend

June 30 2015

MORE than 5,000 people enjoyed Yate’s re-named community music festival, creating the second biggest attendance in its ten-year history.

MORE than 5,000 people enjoyed Yate’s re-named community music festival, creating the second biggest attendance in its ten-year history.
Given the new name of Yate Rocks! to mark the anniversary, the event was held in Kingsgate Park over two days.
Tribute band the Mangledwurzels headlined the programme on the Saturday, which also featured a number of performances by mostly local bands.
They were supported by dance groups such as Glitter Bugs Dance Crew, Redds Dance Group and Pure Dance Crew, with other entertainment ranging from gymnastic demonstrations, majorettes and arts and crafts to football games, sideshows and children’s fun rides.
Yate town councillor John Ford, chairman of the events committee, said it was one of the most successful weekends since the event was started.
He said: “The festival was up there with the best of them and the second biggest attendance, combined with glorious weather, ensured that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
“Our thanks go to the dancers, musicians, some old friends, some new and the crowd that made it so special.”
 The second day started with a Praise in the Park event, with local churches providing an outdoor service. An afternoon picnic followed, with music supplied by the Westerly Showband. Mr Ford said: “We are now looking forward to the next festival in the park in June 2016.”

Photos courtesy of Mangledwurzles