Music festival is declared a success

Glorious sunshine shone down on Ripley’s fourteenth music festival.

Running from Sunday, July 7, to Sunday, July 14, the festival saw pubs, parks and public spaces taken over by all manner of musical maestros.

Ripley music festival. Tom Katz playing on Oxford street.

Ripley music festival. Tom Katz playing on Oxford street.

Almost every musical genre was represented, with performances from such diverse groups as Blidworth Welfare Brass Band, Eastwood Male Voice Choir and folk legends Kelly’s Heroes. They played alongside acts like Flute Finesse, Tom Katz, Licksquid, Waking Vegas and Red Nation.

There were rock and dubstep nights at The Regal, a schools’ day at Crossley Park where youth bands played, including local up-and-comers I Surrender, as well as a Proms Spectacular featuring Zephyr 5 and Newstead Brass on Saturday night. Proceedings were brought to a close on Sunday with the free Rom Fest at Ripley Market Place, which featured Chris Tye, Red Fire Ants and the F.O.O.S.

Ripley’s MayorAlwyn Bridge, said: “We have now finished a fantastic week of live music and I would like to say what a great week the parish of Ripley has had. Live 
music for seven days, and all the music and artistes have been most entertaining. Some venues were not supported as well as others, but all in all it’s been an unbelievable week. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people that have worked from morning ‘til late at night, without any bad words. These people deserve medals for all their efforts. We are starting to work for next year’s festival and all the monies raised from this year will go towards next year.”

He thanked the local businesses that donated prizes and ‘our great public’ who 
attended the shows

Mick Wilson and Steve Freeborn co-founded the festival in 1999 with the help of Peter Clay, landlord of Ripley’s Angel pub. It costs £10,000 to stage and is funded through weekly jam nights, donations and fundraising initiatives.