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Bigger and better makes Holbeach Music and Beer Festival a temperature-soaring success.




The fourth annual Holbeach Music and Beer Festival at the weekend proved that bigger is better, according to organisers.

Thousands of people took advantage of the event's move from Penny Hill to King's Field, just outside Holbeach, for the three-day mix of hits, pints and fun.

Live music, including Queen tribute band Flash, Ray Fenwick and the Rest, Ultraviolet, singer-songwriter Phoebe Ophelia and club DJ The Mad Hatter, sat alongside a funfair, interactive gaming tent, bouncy castle and camping over the weekend.

Sean Taylor, founder and lead organiser of the Wild West-themed festival, said: "The weekend was fantastic and the weather was a massive factor in making it a success.

"We opened the doors on Friday evening and 2,000 people turned up, including 180 campers, making it our best Friday ever.

"There was a lot of positive feedback on the free shuttle bus service we ran to and from Holbeach, the camping experience and our encouragement of people to dress up."

A number of businesses helped make the festival a success at its new home at King's Field, off Raven's Gate, after three years at the Holbeach United Community Sports Academy in Penny Hill.

Sean said: "I could see the potential to expand the festival as people wanted to make a weekend of it.

"But I also wanted to make it more family-friendly by allowing under-12s in for free which attracted a lot of people.

"We had a lot of businesses supporting us, subsidising the running costs so we could keep the ticket prices down.

"Overall, the new, out-of-town venue meant that we could run the festival for longer each day, making it a family fun event that people can look forward to every year.

Pheobe, of Kirton,said: "I loved the festival, my set went down so well and the crowd were amazing.

Sean and his team do such an incredible job with this festival which is, by far, the highlight of Holbeach's year every time."

Coun Nick Worth, Lincolnshire County Council member for Holbeach, said: "We had some superb weather, a fantastic range of beers, ales and ciders, a great family atmosphere and people really enjoying themselves.

"A huge amount of effort has gone into the festival from Sean and his team and what a great event the festival is for Holbeach."


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