Wisbech Rock Festival 2016

Wisbech Rock Festival 2016

It began at 6.30 AM when a small group of volunteers rolled up, blinking in the early morning sun, to begin to long job of setting up the biggest and most ambitious Rock Festival that Wisbech Town Council has ever put on.

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By 11AM people had begun to arrive.  Drifting in with their friends and families they began to lay out their picnic blankets and sun chairs and little tents for the day ahead.

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With the whole park being used for three different music stages people were more spread out and at the start it looked quite sparse.

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People got comfortable and were clearly ready for the long haul.

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As we edged into the afternoon, people kept arriving.

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Little groups covering every age and so many different types of people.  The atmosphere was relaxed and bouyant.

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As well as the main stall area there were interesting little attractions and businesses scattered about.

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There really was a lot of things to do and see.

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And eat.

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Still people kept arriving.

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Several teams of Citizens’ Patrol were there, helping the stewards.

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The kids were having a great time.

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As were the parents.

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More and more kept coming…

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… and coming ….

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… and coming …

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… and coming …

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… and coming …

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By now there was a good crowd at the two smaller stages and the main stage was looking very busy.

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Then more arrived.

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… and still more

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Until the event was heaving with thousands of people.

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The weather got hotter, but everybody continued to have fun.

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Nor was the action contained to the main stage.  This was the Dance Stage…

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As was this …

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All in all I would estimate that we had 4000+ people visit during the day and at least 2000 there from about 2PM onwards.   Probably more, since it was hard to tell with them being spread over the whole park instead of just concentrated in the central area.

The event was pulled off without a hitch.  The music was great.  Everybody seemed to leave in great spirits.

Every year we pull out the stops and make Wisbech Rock Festival bigger and better.  This year we did it again.  Gawd knows how we’ll top this one next year, but I suspect Samantha Hoy, David Oliver and the other masterminds are already thinking about it.  Well, maybe not quite already.  It was a long long day and everybody was shattered by the end.  But tomorrow, I imagine. ;)