On the day after the summer solstice organisers hoped the weather would be kind for the first music festival in Peacehaven.
But it was not to be and Peacehaven Town Council said that had a ‘significant effect on the attendance with only between 600 and 700 attending the day’s events’.
The festival kicked off with the Meridian School choir and the band Scott Free singing a Robbie Williams cover ‘Let Me Entertain You’, followed by a 40 minute set by
Ashleigh K (a bright young star would performs regularly in London Clubs).
This was followed by bands including Raven, the Leaky Buckets, Zachary Dogwood, Red Butler, the Koan Brothers and the rather windy evening ended with the Lambretta’s doing a 60 minute set including their number 6 chart hit Poison Ivy, as well as their other chart hits D-D-Dance and Cortinas.
The whole event was compered by Peacehaven’s town crier Jon Borthwick who, along with stage management company Pitch Black, provided the glue and kept the whole event on track and on schedule.
In addition to the bands there were drumming, maypole, morris and Egyptian dancing workshops and other activities provided by Albion in the Community.
There was also a successful multi-cultural food fair and a small funfair.
Despite the weather many of the bands have since contacted the Town Council stating that they extremely impressed with the organisation and management of the event and many suggested there should be another festival next year.