Festival rocks despite Exile

Music For All: Left Hand Drive entertain the crowd at the Belper Exile Music Festival at Sabine Hay, Darley Dale.
Music For All: Left Hand Drive entertain the crowd at the Belper Exile Music Festival at Sabine Hay, Darley Dale.

THE ANNUAL Belper music festival rocked revellers at the weekend – despite being exiled from the town.

After previous venue Belper Rugby Club had to pull the plug, organisers were left to try to find a replacement location for the popular event.

Music For All: Festival goers enjoy the music of Left Hand Drive at the Belper Exile Music Festival at Sabine Hay, Darley Dale.

Music For All: Festival goers enjoy the music of Left Hand Drive at the Belper Exile Music Festival at Sabine Hay, Darley Dale.

And so the newly and aptly-named Belper ‘Exile’ Music Festival hit the heights at Sabine Hay, near Darley Dale – about 14 miles away from Belper.

But that was no obstruction to a successful event as a variety of bands treated festival-goers to a terrific show.

Tim Cox, one of the organisers, said: “It was absolutely storming, a jolly good event. It was a much better venue. The music was perfect for the new setting and it was great to be able to host a late night session in the beer tent after years of being unable to on the Belper site!”

The festival kicked off on Friday night, with acts including the Paul Evans Trio and Ska-Ra-Bouche. Saturday afternoon saw the likes of Left Hand Drive and Remand To Vegas. Saturday evening rocked along to Spit n Strings and The Balkan Bandits, among others.

Music For All: Festival goers enjoy the music of Left Hand Drive at the Belper Exile Music Festival at Sabine Hay, Darley Dale.

Music For All: Festival goers enjoy the music of Left Hand Drive at the Belper Exile Music Festival at Sabine Hay, Darley Dale.

Then, wrapping things up on Sunday, acts included The Boot Hill Toe-Tappers and the Loscoe State Opera.

One reveller said: “Amazing weekend! Great crowd, great atmosphere, great weekend!” Another added: “Just fabulous.”