Bourne Festival organisers ‘extremely happy’ with success of four day music event

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THOUSANDS of people passed through the gates at Bourne Festival over the weekend to soak up the live music and other entertainment on offer.

The festival, which ran for four days for the first time, was held on the Wellhead park. Thanks to the cover of the marquees, events continued throughout the weekend despite the poor weather with the tents packed to capacity in the evenings for the live music on offer.

Now in its 10th year, the event is organised by Bourne Round Table and press officer Richard Ludlow said: “There was a real buzz about the festival field, especially on the Saturday. We are extremely happy with how it has all gone.

“The festival is one of our ways of putting something back into the community and the money it raises allows us to do other good things for people locally.”

Yesterday (Monday), as part of the free family day, the under 18 Battle of the Bands competition took place with four local bands performing.

Taking part from Stamford were The Vorticists and Dance Grenade, from Sleaford, The Blond Mistake and, from Bourne, The Conspiracy Club.

Each of the bands sang some of their own songs and a range of covers.

Co-event organiser Neil Bothwell said: “The standard this year was much higher than previous years and we were very impressed with the talent on display.”

The three-person judging panel had a hard time deciding the winner, eventually opting for The Conspiracy Club, who won the right to be the warm-up act for the night’s main entertainment ABBA Planet, who brought the festival to a close.

Because the judges struggled to make a decision, they decided to award a runners-up prize to The Blond Mistake, who were also offered an opportunity to perform to the crowd in the evening.