Hatfield music festival ‘a resounding success’

PUBLISHED: 16:55 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 20 June 2018

Steph and Linda enjoy dancing to the music.


 Picture: Karyn Haddon

Steph and Linda enjoy dancing to the music. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Karyn Haddon

Music lovers gathered to see local favourites at the 2018 Hatfield Free Music Festival on Saturday, dancing and lounging on the grass at Birchwood Playing Fields.

The London Bonnevilles.    Picture: Karyn HaddonThe London Bonnevilles. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The one-day event showcased Hertfordshire bands including The New Town Hounds, The London Bonnevilles, and Kastaphor, with The Curfew headlining.

Talented Onslow St Audrey’s School outfits Side Effects and Elli Colbert were well received early in the line-up.

Hatfield Town Councillor Lenny Brandon said: “They were something else, they really did go down well and got us off to a flying start.”

Cloudy weather didn’t stop an estimated 2,000 people attending at the festival’s height for music, rides, and food.

Freddie Newby, 5, bungee jumping.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonFreddie Newby, 5, bungee jumping. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Now in its third year, Cllr Brandon said it’s going from strength to strength.

Sponsorship from Cleveland Scott York helps keep the festival free of charge.

“It was a resounding success,” added Cllr Brandon, noting that the festival has become the largest community gathering in Hatfield. “It’s exceeded all expectations,” he said.

Mia Paisley, three, on a fairground ride.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonMia Paisley, three, on a fairground ride. Picture: Karyn Haddon

David Neagu, six. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonDavid Neagu, six. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hatfield Festival. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonHatfield Festival. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Maddison Lee, four, on the bumper cars.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonMaddison Lee, four, on the bumper cars. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Montana, four, on a fairground ride. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonMontana, four, on a fairground ride. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The Rooney family on a day out at the festival.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonThe Rooney family on a day out at the festival. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Morgan, 10, Leah, seven, and Charlie, nine.


 Picture: Karyn HaddonMorgan, 10, Leah, seven, and Charlie, nine. Picture: Karyn Haddon

New Town Hounds. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonNew Town Hounds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Dawn Bourner, Kath Millar, Paul Madigan, Samantha Bennett and Lilly Mac, six, taking in the music. Picture: Karyn HaddonDawn Bourner, Kath Millar, Paul Madigan, Samantha Bennett and Lilly Mac, six, taking in the music. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Kastaphor. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonKastaphor. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Kastaphor. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonKastaphor. Picture: Karyn Haddon

New Town Hounds. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonNew Town Hounds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

New Town Hounds. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonNew Town Hounds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

New Town Hounds. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonNew Town Hounds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tommy Waters, Mat Taylor and Ros Saxby enjoy the music festival. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonTommy Waters, Mat Taylor and Ros Saxby enjoy the music festival. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The London Bonnevilles.    Picture: Karyn HaddonThe London Bonnevilles. Picture: Karyn Haddon

John Golder, Terry Golder and Jase Darling enjoy the music festival.    Picture: Karyn HaddonJohn Golder, Terry Golder and Jase Darling enjoy the music festival. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Charlie and Lacey Elliott, 5, with painted faces. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonCharlie and Lacey Elliott, 5, with painted faces. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The London Bonnevilles.    Picture: Karyn HaddonThe London Bonnevilles. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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