By DorsetFest, Jun 19 2018 01:09PM
Wow - what a weekend. Despite a little rain (does that make us a grown up festival?) we had a great turnout. We're waiting for the final numbers, but we're pretty sure we broke several of #DorsetFest 17s records!
Based on the feedback, this was the strongest music line-up to date with everything from Reggae to Classical. Friday night kicked off with Loose Screws, Badger Boys, Mission Impossible (and Neil Cowley) and headlined by the amazing Lionstar who will be playing with the legendary UB40 later in the year. These acts got the festival dancing and set the scene for an amazing Saturday. Saturday kicked off with emerging talent that included St Mary's Middle School (Puddletown), Taya Minchington and Ellie Timlin, before moving onto more established bands such as Grizzley & The Grasshoppers, Nina Garcia, Patch & The Giant, Mother Ukers, Galaxy Thief , Zoe Schwarz and One Word. We also had amazing guitar medleys by Paul & Joe and a selection of hilarious classical masterpieces from Graffiti Classics (and the mad Irishman). James from Abbey 104 DJ'd into the evening to keep the music flowing between the evening acts and headline Ben Waters rounded off a great weekend of music with two hours of incredible boogie playing. Who was your favourite?
For kids (including grown up kids) we had Jamie Jigsaw and his circus workshops that kept kids on the edge of their seats. We had hula hoop workhops from Hoop On, faceppainting, glitter painting, henna tattoos and lots of glow sticks from Weldmar Hospicecare as the light disappeared.
The food and drink didn't let us down either with pizza, Mexican, Thai, holoumi fries, fish & chips, calamari,, home made cream teas, cakes, ice cream, local beer, wine and even a gin bar.
Overall a great night and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did
We have a selection of lost property that was found on the site after the festival. If you are missing anything, please e-mail us the details at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if we can find it.
We're also going to be wrapping up the festival and taking learnings. If you have anything you'd like to share - good and bad - we'd love to hear it so we can learn from it and improve for #Dorsetfest 19. Just leave a comment here (or e-mail us).
Otherwise, thank you for being an amazing audience and we look forward to seeing you for #DorsetFest 19 so put the date in your diary - 21st/22nd June 2019