More than 4,000 people attended the inaugural Redcar Summer Sound festival at the town’s racecourse on Saturday.
And despite a few teething problems, the five-hour festival has been hailed a huge success - with hopefully bigger and better to come.
Delighted Jason Bushby, MD of Future Festivals UK, said: “The event had been planned for several years but due to other commitments and event dates it took us a while to bring it to reality.
“Redcar has needed something like this for a long time and the racecourse is an ideal venue that can enable us to do it. We hope over the years, this will become something to put Redcar on the festival map.”
Jason, of Redcar, has been involved with many major festivals over the years, including Global Gathering and Creamfields, but helping organising one on home turf has given him a real buzz.
He said: “We didn’t just book any cover band, we got the best tribute acts. We had a few teething problems which you expect with a new project. The bars found it difficult to cope with the initial rush when the gates opened, which led to a few frustrated people, but once the bars settled, everyone got into the party mood and enjoyed a fantastic night’s entertainment.”
Hosted by Real Radio’s Gary Philipson, the night featured the Beatles Tribute Band, Abba Sensation, JK as Robbie Williams, Kings ov Leon and Oasis UK, as well as a selection of stalls, street entertainers, a white knuckle fairground ride and a fireworks display.
Mark Taylor, manager of Kings ov Leon, said: “This was definitely one of our best gigs - the crowd was amazing.”
Caroline Smith, marketing manager at Redcar Racecourse, was encouraged by how the night went.
She said: “Everyone would love a music festival in Redcar and this is what people have been waiting for for a long time.
“Any problems we had this year will be resolved. If we can improve for next year’s event, it’s going to be really special.”
Artcile from the Gazette Live