MUSIC lovers descended on Pontefract on Saturday to soak up the glorious sunshine and diverse sounds of the town’s first Crooked Ways music festival – deemed a “great success” by organisers.
More than 3,000 fans piled into the inaugural festival, which saw Razorlight, Reverend and the Makers and King Charles grace the main stage at Pontefract Park on Saturday.
Organisers The Gentlemen of Crooked Ways – who had been planning to launch the event for five years – said they were “extremely pleased” with the festival and tickets had already been bought for next year’s event.
Barry Malki, one of the managing directors, said: “The event was a great success and everything seemed to run very smoothly on the surface, although behind the scenes we were running around all day trying to make sure everything was right.
“The feedback we have got from both artists and audiences has been very positive and we hope it will just keep growing from here. “We have already had more sponsors and investors who would like to get involved, which will benefit the whole town.”
The all-day event had three stages showcasing internationally famous acts and local talent to the vast audience.
Razorlight front man Johnny Borrell said: “It was a fantastic event, it was beautiful day which turned into a beautiful sunset which was more than you could ask for.
“Performing on stage was great, we haven’t been together on stage for a little while because we’ve been working on the new album, so it was great to be out there.”
Visitors to the Crooked Ways festival – named after the 1912 book by local author JS Fletcher The Town of Crooked Ways – enjoyed music performances on three stages running from noon to 10pm, various food and drink stalls and a demonstration from Castleford’s Diggerland.
Harriet Brittain, 21, of Sharlston, said: “It was really good, we came to see Razorlight and Reverend and the Makers, they were brilliant but we also thought King Charles was great and we hadn’t seen him perform before.
“It’s great when you see new people and it was a brilliant set up for the event. We will be coming again next year.”
Tickets for Crooked Ways Music Festival 2013 are on sale at a reduced price of £20 for adults and £10 for under 13s until July1.
Visit www.crookedways.co.uk for more information.