December 11 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Music lovers and festival fanatics flocked to Reepham this weekend for a line-up laced with rock, rhythm, classical, folk and blues.
The annual two-day summer music festival in the heart of the town saw a record number of people through the gates for Saturday and Sunday’s music marathon.
More than 17 bands played infront of 1,600 eager rockers and rollers, headlined by the legendary rhythm and blues group Dr Feelgood who stormed the stage on the Saturday night.
The Kaiser Thiefs, the only Kaiser Chiefs tribute band in the UK, the Imperial Vienna Orchestra playing classic Strauss waltzes, the long-running Buster James band, festival favourites The Vagaband, rising star Luke Jackson, acoustic balladeer Marina Florance, harpist Xenia Horne, and blues duo Dove and Boweevil all stormed the stage.
Festival director Steve Jenkins said the six-year-old festival continually aims to cater for a range of musical tastes as well as being a good day out for families.
“Everybody loves music and that’s the idea of this whole event”, he said.
“It started off in a pub with three of us saying ‘wouldn’t it be great if Reepham had a music festival’ - and here we are.
“There are so many excellent musicians out there and as we have found them bit by bit, we try to bring them all together in one day.
“Reepham is such a lovely place to live and people in the town have taken ownership of this day - it really wouldn’t go ahead if it wasn’t for local people volunteering.”
Three years ago the festival turned in to a two-day event with Sunday’s line-up now in a marquee at Whitwell and Reepham station, with space to camp around the town.
Marian and Paul Fox, from Norwich, camped in their motor home for the two-day event.
Mrs Fox said: “It’s our first time at the festival and it’s brilliant.
“We really love music festivals and to be able to go to one so local is great.”
One of the highlights of the weekend was a competition to win a customised Telecaster-style electric guitar, autographed by the band Dr Feelgood.
Lead guitarist Steve Walwyn presented the guitar to competition winner and regular festival-goer Dave Tibbitts.
Mr Tibbitts, from Great Yarmouth, said he hadn’t expected to win.
He said: “This is my fifth year at Reepham Festival.
“It’s a great thrill to win this guitar – but now I have to learn how to play it.”
Runner-up prizes comprised tickets to see Dr Feelgood at Epic Studios in Norwich in October.
Proceeds from the guitar raffle and from the festival will go to local charities.