VIDEO – Hundreds flock to Conisbrough Music Festival

Hundreds found an alternative to Glastonbury when they attended the inaugural Conisbrough Music Festival.

Leading up to the day itself co-organiser, Simon Kelly said 500 tickets had been sold, but on the day more than 1,500 attended making it a huge success.

The crowds enjoying the music and the weather

The crowds enjoying the music and the weather

He said: “So many people turned up to the festival on the day. We expected 500 based on advanced ticket sales, but it turned out to be three times that number. It was fantastic; beyond our wildest expectations.”

“It was spread over a number of sites with quite a few people down at Conisbrough Castle grounds attending the free stage there. The main stage on the Welfare Fields, Gardens Lane, was also well attended and there was also a DJ stage there, a fairground, various stalls, face painting and much more.”

In the Ivanhoe Centre activities included a spotlight on new talent, a mining heritage event, a poet performance, a performance by the Red Choir and an acoustic session. More than 50 bands played at the festival with local artists joined by those from Doncaster and Scunthorpe, with an appearance by pianist and singer and Tyneside Musician of the Year, Lily Brooke, who made a special journey down from Newcastle to perform, as her family were originally from Conisbrough.

Mr Kelly added: “There were even Conisbrough pubs taking part such as Eagle and Child, the Alma Inn and Cromwells bar and restaurant. To say this was the first event of its kind in Conisbrough it was brilliant. We had great support from local businesses and the community and it’s given us an incentive to try something similar again. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Bands playing included Ramble Gamble with their folky sound, Gents and The Starkins. Another co-organiser, Steve Pugh, added: “I’m exhausted, but the effort was well worthwhile. It was amazing.”

See online for more pictures, and a video from the event.

Also see online gallery of the music festival.