Organisers hail first CaLM music festival a huge success

Action from the first CaLM Festival Action from the first CaLM Festival

Friday, August 29, 2014
8:00 AM

The organisers of a new music festival covering two south Norfolk villages have hailed their first event a success after attracting more than 1,000 visitors.

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Volunteers helping out at the first CaLM FestivalVolunteers helping out at the first CaLM Festival

The Chedgrave and Loddon Music festival, known as CaLM Festival, was held for the first time at The White Horse in Chedgrave on Sunday, organised by three friends Simon Peck, Duncan Gooch and Katrina Bowles, who wanted to create a community event for the whole family.

As well as musical performances across two stages, the festival offered dancing lessons, circus skills, creative crafts, and singing workshops for the children, culminating in a performance live on stage, as well as a selection of local ales, food stands and a candy cabin.

The main stage was headlined by The Pure Floyd Show, one of the best tribute bands to Pink Floyd, fresh from opening the Cambridge Rock Festival. They were joined by Olly Murs tribute act Joe Scripps, De ‘Vide who performed as part of team Jessie J on BBC One’s The Voice last year, The John Noakes Experience, D’n’A and many more local bands.

Mr Peck, landlord of The White Horse, said: “It was a completely new venture for Loddon and Chedgrave and as far as we know it is the first time it has had its own music festival.

Fireworks at the first CaLM FestivalFireworks at the first CaLM Festival

“We wanted to create something for the community which was suitable for everyone in the family and we are over the moon with how it went.

“We had terrible weather the day before and after the festival but we must have done something right because we had a couple of clouds but no rain on the day.

“There were two elements to the festival and it was great to see so many families enjoying the activities during the day, before the tempo went up in the evening with some great bands performing.”

The festival concluded with a firework display at 11pm, while The Pure Floyd Show played their final song.

DE'VIDE performing at the first CaLM FestivalDE'VIDE performing at the first CaLM Festival

The event was sponsored by a number of local businesses and a cheque for £400 will be donated to the British Lung Foundation - a charity chosen by Mr Gooch who recently lost his dad to lung cancer.

Following the success, the trio now hope to turn the festival into an annual or biannual event.

Mr Peck said: “We have had some fantastic feedback and one person told us we have really put Chedgrave on the map.

“We would like to thank all the individuals, groups and businesses who sponsored us or gave up their time and equipment for free. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

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