Gathering the masses together in what has been termed as a ‘festival’ has been happening now since time began, and in this, the 21st century, we have hundreds.
Typically, they are in a field and thousands attend over three days.
Not so in Matlock Bath.
Yes, the numbers were there, but the whole atmosphere was different.
Now in its third year, bands played in all the bars up and down the promenade, which for me created a very happy atmosphere.
She Rocks, a newly formed foursome were the first band of the afternoon to catch my eye, displaying their wares in the Fishpond Ballroom.
Playing a mix of 60s and 70s rock standards they seemed to be having fun too, which always helps.
Nipping into the streets, I then caught a few tunes by Jason Marshall at Riva Bar, followed by an upstairs visit at The Princess Victoria for Ruckus.
This threesome was also new to me, and did an excellent set with a date etched into my diary for future viewing at some point.
With Andy Page back at the Fishpond helping out another band after he’d already done a solo spot further up the road, I also checked out the downstairs talents of female-fronted Swan Song, who played to a near packed house.
After tea, other bands played on as the action was more centred around The Fishpond and The Princess Victoria, with notable acts being Motion Replay, Bring Armour, who all looked about 16 yet played out of their little skins, the impressive Forge Supergroup, featuring various members out of various groups, with Belper gang 45 then seeing us homeward bound.
Overall, I felt the event was a great success, well supported, and offered a diverse range of music that hopefully will see this terrific festival grow to great heights.