Annual Festival Brings the Spirit of Hawaii to Ledbury
This year’s Lakefest had a Hawaiian theme, and Templant was there to keep the power running and the music pumping.
As Autumn approaches, we say farewell to another great year of festivals, and one of the most memorable had to be this year’s Lakefest. This festival has grown from humble roots to become one of the foremost small / medium sized events on the festival calendar, and this year’s event was as good as ever.
For the second year in succession, generators from Templant kept the electricity flowing, and this was certainly in high demand as the multiple stages played host to some genuinely world class acts – evidence of just how far this festival has come in a few short years.
A night to remember
The highlight was the headline performance on Saturday night from Britpop pioneers and festival favourites The Charlatans. Tim Burgess and the rest seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves, and their enthusiasm was contagious.
Having said that, the act that preceded them was, for many, the most memorable of the entire weekend. Alabama 3 has a reputation for delivering something truly unusual, and the enthusiastic audience soon picked up on their unique vibe to create a party atmosphere that had everyone smiling, on and off the stage.
Sunday was no less memorable, with a range of consistently high quality acts topped off by a mesmerising performance by Imelda May. For many, she was one of those singers whose name was familiar but whose repertoire was not – after Sunday night, nobody was in any doubt as to why she has been compared with such iconic vocalists as Billie Holliday.
A family affair
Of course, there are numerous festivals every year, boasting top acts just like these. But to make an event work takes more than just booking the right performers. The vibe at Lakefest is consistently something special, and it was not just Tim Burgess who had a great time.
Every single act played with a smile and seemed a little disappointed when it was time to leave the stage. The atmosphere extended to the joyful crowd too – as one attendee put it, “There is a sense of being a small part of something special. It is so good, it can be overwhelming. Everyone as one, everyone as family.”
This is why the crowds keep returning, and so do the acts, and it is what sets Lakefest apart from other festivals. If you’ve not been yet, tickets are already on sale for next year. We are already looking forward to it, and hope to see you there.