Gallery: Revellers turn out in force to enjoy Festeaval in Woodbridge

REVELLERS refused to let patchy drizzle dampen a laid-back weekend of music and entertainment from top local and national performers.

Despite the odd unwelcome shower and chilly temperatures, organisers of Woodbridge’s Festeaval persevered where other events surrendered.

The four-day event – which continues today – is being held on the banks of the River Deben in the grounds of the town’s Tea Hut.

It features four days of musicianship from bands, ensembles and singer-songwriters including Brit-award winner Beth Orton, folk duo Turin Brakes, guitar maestro Ryan Keen, and an electric set from up-and-coming Bastille.

Woodbridge’s reputation as a steadily emerging music destination was reinforced by the mini festival’s second successful appearance on the arts calendar. The poor weather caused preparation problems as organisers rushed in bales of straw to put down in order to soak up surface water, but the heavy downpours stayed away.

The man behind Festeaval, Peter Hepworth, who also runs the Blue Bus Tour company, said: “We were all determined not to let the weather spoil a great display of rising musical talent and well-known acts.

“Everyone pitched in and we were rewarded by the great performances on show.

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“Woodbridge is quickly becoming a desirable venue for artists to showcase their music – and we’re also attracting big-name performers who we hope to add to the bills of many future events to come.”

Festeaval continues today, with Turin Brakes headlining. Go to for more details.

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