Over 3,000 people descended on Manor Farm in Longdon this weekend for the first ever Livestock Festival. A vibrant weekend saw Scouting For Girls front man, Roy Stride, declare live on stage that it was the “best farm festival [they’ve] ever been to”.
Founder of Livestock Festival, Ben Leeke, said: “It’s been an epic weekend! We have been overwhelmed by the turn out we received, which stormed our original estimates by a long way. It’s no mean feat getting an event like this off the ground and the support we have received in our first year has been unbelievable – I had more well wishes for Livestock than I did for my wedding. The bands absolutely smashed it each night, the sun shone throughout the weekend and the atmosphere was electric. Thank you to everyone who supported us for year one and as they say, watch this space for Livestock 2016!”
The first night of the festival saw chart toppers, The Feeling storm the stage with a set of best loved hits including Love It When You Call, Fill My Little World, Never Be Lonely and many more.
Day two welcomed BBC’s The Voice Winner Jermain Jackman to the Woodland Stage, as curated by The Coffee House Sessions. The soulster belted out songs from the show including And I Am Telling You and his winners single How Will I Know.
On Saturday evening Toploader had festivalgoers ‘dancing in the moonlight’ as the sun went down. Scouting For Girls closely followed with best-loved tunes including She’s So Lovely, Heartbeat, Elvis Ain’t Dead, I Wish I Was James Bond and their new single Life’s Too Short, which was released the day before Livestock Festival.
A Silent Disco then welcomed festivalgoers to continue the party into the early hours of Sunday morning, before retiring under canvas at the neighbouring campsite set beneath the Malvern Hills. An outdoor cinema screened cult classics each evening.
The Hoosiers brought the event to a close on Sunday evening. The crowd roared to hits including Goodbye Mr A, Worried About Ray, Worst Case Scenario and more.
Along with festival headliners, the Main Stage played host to a lively line up of bands throughout each day. These included Hunter and The Bear, Grafton Ash, Under a Banner and The Nick Parker Band supporting The Feeling on Friday. Jungle Doctors, Foreign Affairs, Mark Leedham, Bren Haze, Jack of All, Bengal Lancers, Johnny Kowalski & The Sexy Weirdos, Done by Sunrise, and All Hail Regal supported The Hoosiers on Sunday.
Indica Campbell, daughter of Ali Campbell from UB40, made her festival debut. The Leylines, Penny For The Workhouse, Erica, Prism, Son of Jack, Scott Howland and I Am The ID were also welcomed onto the Main Stage.
Throughout the three day event, Livestock Festival visitors enjoyed Bob Slayer’s comedy themed Blunda Bus featuring Phil Kay, Bobby Mair and Patrick Monahan, a feast of pop-up street food and a host of family entertainment from face painting to circus skills.
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