RAIN failed to deter more than 3,000 fans who flocked to the first Oakwell music festival at Birstall last Saturday.
Among more than 20 acts on three stages were X-Factor stars Kingsland Road and Lucy Spraggan and talented local bands including Rupert Stroud, the Dunwells and the Littlemores.
Although glorious sunshine was enjoyed throughout the day, the heavens opened as Bluetones front man Mark Morriss headlined the second stage.
The rain continued to pour when main stage headliners the Hoosiers played a mix of old and new, ending on chart topping-hit Good Bye Mr A.
Organiser Paul Fisher said: “Despite the rain, we couldn’t have asked for a better first festival. It was a great day, all the acts were great and the turnout was amazing.”
Bands and the public alike took to social media to praise the organisers, consisting of just a five-strong volunteer team.
The Hoosiers tweeted: “@Oakwellfestival thanks so much for having us. It’s a sign of a good festival when the weather can’t even ruin it. Bravo.” Facebook was awash with positive feedback from festival-goers.
Those who attended, dubbed ‘Oakies’ online, travelled from across the north.
Ben Clarkson, who travelled from Bradford, wrote: “We had a great day. Shame about the rain right at the end but it was a top notch event.”
Nicola Horne, of Mirfield, wrote: “Fantastic day out... shame about the rain at the end... my kids have had a brilliant time as have we all.”
Sam Smith, of Halifax, summed up the mood when he wrote: “It needs to happen next year – was great fun and awesome.” Organisers hope to do just that.
Cash raised from this year’s festival will go to charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care and Oakwell Hall.