Slideshow: Our Big Gig events pull in the crowds

Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed bands and workshops in the sun at three weekend festivals.

Events were held in the Deepings, Langtoft and Ketton as part of the national Our Big Gig scheme, which aims to get communities more involved in music.

Tin Pigeons perform at Witchley Warren Festival in Ketton

Tin Pigeons perform at Witchley Warren Festival in Ketton

And organisers of all three festivals were delighted with the turnout.

The fun began on Friday at the Deepings Youth Centre in Deeping St James.

Understandably the focus was on youngsters. There were several workshops for visitors to take part in, from drumming to mixing and DJing.

And later in the afternoon the bands took to the stage to show off their talents. The lineup including the youth centre’s own Half Time Radio along with groups from around the Deepings, including The Vaguers, Emily Morgan, OCD and The Glass Arrows.

Handful of Harminies at the Our Big Gig event in Langtoft

Handful of Harminies at the Our Big Gig event in Langtoft

More experienced acts were also on hand to give tips and advice during set changes.

Paul Hanson, who runs the youth centre, said more than 100 people turned up and added: “The event was a huge success. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we would like to do it all again next year.”

Two events took place on Sunday. In Langtoft the Handful of Harmonies choir organised a fun afternoon at the village playing field and pavilion.

More than 600 people enjoyed performances on stage from Hereward Harmony, Ukelayabouts, Brian Haswell, The Big Cheese, The Vaguers, A Handful of Harmonies, Handful of Harminies, Playnotes School of Music and Unauthorised Absence.

Our Big Gig at Deepings Youth Centre.  Michael Ansell taking part in a drum workshop.'Photo: MSMP120713-020ow

Our Big Gig at Deepings Youth Centre. Michael Ansell taking part in a drum workshop.'Photo: MSMP120713-020ow

There were workshops from Pete Shaw who taught folk and ceilidh, Bourne to Line Dance and Danni Allen.

And open mic sessions proved to be popular with impromptu performances from all age groups.

Jackie Dodds, who led the organising team, said: “It was well worth it – the positive comments and the community spirit it has created could not have been foreseen.

“I had the help of a small group of organisers and on the day dozens of willing volunteers. We have all learned a lot and are proud of what we delivered for our first attempt.”

And Witchley Warren Festival was held for the first time at The Northwick Arms in Ketton.

The main stage focused on folk and world music, with performances from Govannen, Paspatou, The Tin Pigeons and The Lounge Rats.

And there was plenty of attention on the buskers’ stage as well, with even a French band playing a set on their way home from a UK tour.

Organiser Martin Smith said: “We were very pleased. It went as well as it could have gone.

“Through the day we probably had about 400 to 500 people come along.

“The music was really amazing and there was a good range of people going to the workshops.

“We’ve had some really positive feedback. A lot of people were saying it was exactly what we needed in Ketton. It brought the community together.

“We will definitely look to bring it back next year in one shape or form.”

The event also raised £650 for Ketton Primary School.

An event had been planned for Stamford on Saturday but organisers decided to call it off at the last minute after problems with bands and power to the site.