THOUSANDS of music fans have enjoyed a day of top-quality live performances from a host of famous names at a huge independent music fesitval that took place in a village near Ashbourne.
Dovefest offered something for staunch music fans and families at the Sand Lane playing fields in Doveridge on Saturday.
Organisers Martin Rodgers and Julian Parker, the main driving force behind the free event, secured grant funding to pay a host of ‘staggering’ bands on their main stage.
Mr Rodgers said: “It was just absolutely unbelievable.
“My dream of offering amazing bands anyone can just walk in and watch has been realised with this festival. My only concern now is that we’ve set the bar so high that we won’t be able to top it next year.
“Mine and Julian’s bands, Judge Fudge and The Shelter, both played the main stage and loved every minute of it. Our set was quite interesting in that we were joined by some random guy on the bongos.
“We had no idea who he was and he couldn’t play the bongos to save his life but the audience absolutely loved ‘Bongo Man’, as he was christened. The other acts we bough in were staggering and we were so proud to be able to secure their support.”
Mr Rodgers described The Paradimes, a band featuring former members of The Specials, as ‘the tightest band I’ve ever seen’.
He also reserved special praise for former Frankie Goes to Hollywood guitarist Brian Nash, who played his entire set with a young boy from the audience on a plastic guitar.
JJ Rosa, who headlined the show, was described by Mr Rodgers as ‘the best act ever to play in the Uttoxeter area since I’ve lived here’.
Youngsters enjoyed a giant inflatable slide, a ‘worm charming’ contest, won by Mr Rodgers’ son, Lucas, and snail racing.