Hertford's Musical Mystery Tour scores a Big 10 out of 10

PUBLISHED: 15:06 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:06 01 September 2017

Big 10 at The White Hart during the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017

Big 10 at The White Hart during the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017

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Organisers have hailed the 2017 Hertford Musical Mystery Tour as "the best yet".

Big 10 at The White Hart during the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017Big 10 at The White Hart during the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017

The 12th Musical Mystery Tour on Sunday, August 27 saw more than 160 acts play at 36 venues around the county town.

Thousands of revellers saw bands, singers and solo artists play an astounding 250 performances, all in one day, from lunchtime to bedtime – and all for free.

Hertford Music Festival co-chairman Kev Saunders said: “I was worried that last year’s event would be hard to beat, especially since we had the one and only Glen Matlock, former Sex Pistols bassist and songwriter, as our headline act.

“But if anything the crowds were even bigger and even happier and the whole town was filled with the carnival vibe: you might call it the ‘Not in Notting Hill Carnival’!

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

“And this year’s headliners at The White Hart, which is geographically and figuratively the heart of the town, where the irrepressible BIG 10’s ebullient, skanking versions of the songs of the likes of Madness and The Specials had everyone on their feet.”

The annual Musical Mystery Tour has grown from a single stage back in 2006, when Kev came up the idea and it has kept growing year on year since.

Co-chairman Rob Guinn came on board about five years ago and the pair have more than doubled the size and scope of the event.

Last year, crowd numbers were estimated at well over 20,000 during the day.

Groove Company playing Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Groove Company playing Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Rob Guinn said: “It’s become a vast undertaking – we simply couldn’t do it without the support of all our helpers too numerous to list, the hundreds of musicians and DJs who play unpaid, the tireless technicians.”

Kev added: “We’re also very grateful to all our sponsors: Steve Beeston Photography, Brass Tacks Web Design, Waterpoint, Couvre Feu, Hertford Town Council, East Herts Council, Media Alive for programme artwork and – headline sponsor for the second year running – Hertford Planning Service, as well as the East Herts Council street cleaning team, who had the whole town spick and span before most of us were up and about on Monday!”

• For more on the festival, visit www.hertfordmusicfestival.co.uk

Starseedz playing Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Starseedz playing Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

The Trees at Baroosh during Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]The Trees at Baroosh during Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

The Trees at Baroosh during Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]The Trees at Baroosh during Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

The Trees at Baroosh during Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]The Trees at Baroosh during Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

The Trees at Baroosh during Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]The Trees at Baroosh during Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Morgan Callow at the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Morgan Callow at the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Lip Service playing the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Lip Service playing the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Why Not at The Blackbirds during the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Why Not at The Blackbirds during the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Why Not at The Blackbirds during the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Why Not at The Blackbirds during the Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Mike Excell playing Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Mike Excell playing Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Dan Thomas playing Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Dan Thomas playing Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]Hertford Musical Mystery Tour 2017 [Picture: Steve Beeston Photography]

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