Relief after crowds, not water, flood music festival

Easton Farm Park hosted the Maverick festival over the weekend. Music lovers donned their stetsons a

Easton Farm Park hosted the Maverick festival over the weekend. Music lovers donned their stetsons and braved the rain showers. Peter Bruntnell performs on stage. - Credit: Archant

Organisers of a Suffolk music festival have spoken of their relief after crowds came “flooding in” over the weekend to more than make up for disappointing advance ticket sales.

Maverick Festival’s Paul Spencer said he was “quite nervous” during the build-up to this year’s roots music festival, which took place from Friday to Sunday in the grounds of Easton Park Farm.

“We were looking like we were going to be a little bit down on last year but we ended up having more people turning up on the Friday and Saturday morning than we have ever had before making it a bumper audience,” he added.

“We can put that down to the people holding out for the weather forecast.

“There was some trepidation about buying tickets, which left me hanging on a knife edge, but luckily the weather held out and they came flooding in – in numbers we’ve never had before.

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“It was a great relief.”

Mr Spencer said nearly 2,000 people turned out for the festival, which included 46 acts over six stages.

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Headlining the Friday night was Luke Winslow-King, a New Orleans-based slide guitarist, singer, and songwriter, who Mr Spencer said “blew the roof off”. Other highlights from the UK acts on the bill included Robert Vincent, who recently won the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award, and Robin Hitchcock, who gave an “impromptu and eccentric” performance of Beatles cover songs.

Next year will be the 10th Maverick Festival, which is set to feature “some big-name artists to really raise the bar”, he added.

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