Sundown Festival 2017: Sundown Festival’s fifth year comes to a close

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

More than 40,000 people poured into the Norfolk Showground this weekend for one of the summer's biggest music events.

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Now in its fifth year, music festival Sundown brought music lovers from across the country to the region as the three-day festival boasted its largest ever line-up.

Some of the biggest names in music performed over the weekend, including Craig David, Rag'N'Bone Man, Pendulum and You Me At Six.

Although the festival has grown over the years it still supports many rising Norfolk stars with artists including Thetford rapper Franko Fraize and singer-songwriter John Galea from Caister just some of the local names among the line up.

Laurence Bagnall, Sundown event director, said: 'With massive names like Craig David, Pendulum and Rag N Bone man on the lineup and more music than ever before for visitors to choose from across five stages, this year is the biggest and best yet for Sundown Festival.'

Campers arrive and the stage is set for a weekend at Sundown Festival. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Campers arrive and the stage is set for a weekend at Sundown Festival. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017


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The Sundown Festival is the last music event in the festival calender.

'We're proud to call [Sundown] the best closing party of the festival season.' Ms Bagnall added.

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Police had given a special warning before the weekend highlighting the dangers of drinking and taking illegal drugs as well as the importance of staying safe throughout the weekend.

The force had police patrols on the site with increased entrance searches compared to previous years.

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

In recent years the festival has been known to cause traffic chaos as thousands of people rush to the showground. But this year there were only slight delays around the Longwater roundabout directly next to the site.

It was not festival fun for all revellers as the police had a number of thefts reported to them throughout the weekend.

One woman attending the festival said her experience had been ruined after her iPhone and cash were stolen from her handbag.

The 22-year-old from Norfolk, who asked to remain anonymous, said she believed it was stolen when she was on a busy dancefloor in one of the tents at the event staged at the Norfolk Showground.

Craig David headlined Sundown fresh from his gig at V Fest last weekend (Picture: ISABEL INFANTES/PA

Craig David headlined Sundown fresh from his gig at V Fest last weekend (Picture: ISABEL INFANTES/PA) - Credit: PA

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Happy Sundowners at the Sundown Festival on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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