Play Fest organisers celebrate “amazing” weekend

The tents are being packed away today as thousands of revellers return home following a succesful weekend for Norfolk's latest live music festival.

The inaugural Play Fest, based in the grounds of New Eccles Hall School at Quidenham, near Attleborough, attracted about 2,500 people on both Saturday and Sunday - about 900 people arrived on Friday afternoon alone almost filling the campsite.

Music fans were treated to big names such as The Futureheads, Frank Turner and Darwin Deez, alongside dance acts including Grooverider and Ray Keith, as well as scores of local live bands, DJs and performers.

The two-day festival was the brainchild of Norwich music promoters Olly Rigden, 29, and Olly Sear, 26, who are already formulating plans to bring the event back next year.

The duo said the reaction from festival-goers and bands had been 'amazing' and paid tribute to the large team which had helped put the weekend together.

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'Everything has just come together so beautifully. It's unbelievable really. It's hard to explain but you get moments during the day when you take in what we have done and what's going on around us,' said Mr Rigden.

'It sounds weird but I don't feel like we're the organisers - just a part of it. This is something we're a part of which now belongs to Norfolk.'

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Norwich-based pop punk band The Kabeedies received a rapturous reception from the home crowd on Saturday night.

Band member Rory Hill said it was festivals like Play Fest that help give local bands their big breaks.

He added: 'It's been brilliant - we've been pleasantly surprised at just how professional it is. Aside from Latitude there's nothing like this in this area. It's great and I hope it continues.'

The Kabeedies, who have already played Glastonbury and Latitude, are due to spend the summer recording their second album before heading out on tour in October.

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