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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Toploader wow crowds at Spyatstock festival

There was plenty dancing in the moonlight as a music fans proved Cumbria can still pull-off festival success.

Toploader headlined Sealy Spyatstock and proved themselves a big hit with the crowd as 1,000 people turned out in support of the county’s music scene.

The three-day event, at Aspatria RUFC’s Bower Park – taking the place that CockRock at Cockermouth would have held on the festival calendar – was proof of excitement a festival can bring, with Solfest also not going ahead this year.

Simon Jones, 30, of Warwick Road, Carlisle, said: “I think it’s good that it’s a smaller festival because it’s easier to get around.

“They’ve had a really good mix of acts on. I will definitely be back again next year.”

Gillian Wardle, 35, of St Mungo’s Park, Aspatria, said: “I’m here to support the festival because I think people should come out and support events that are held in their towns.

“This is a really good thing for Aspatria and I think it could really take off in the future.”

Joan Callister, 62, of Cherry Tree Court, Aspatria, was at the event with husband John, 62, and friend Margaret Lettice, 61.

Mrs Callister said: “We’ve had a brilliant time. It’s nice to see a range of all ages here enjoying themselves.”

As well as Toploader, JoanovArc pulled in large crowds as they performed on Saturday evening.

The four-piece female band put their stamp on well know hits including Foo Fighters All My Life and Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love.

Crowds also enjoyed top-class tribute act Killer Queen, The Lottery Winners, Bite the Shark and Carlisle band Highly Strung.

Other popular acts on the acoustic stage included Workington's Luke Matear, Cumbrian group Colt 45 and Whitehaven’s Emma Dockeray.

Keith Harrison, event manager, said: “The festival went well. It has not been as busy as I would have liked it to be but we’ve had no trouble.

“It has been a great way to showcase Aspatria and the talent that we have in the county.

“We’ve had some fantastic acts on and a great response from people who have come along to watch.”

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