A great gig on the doorstep

Although Holmesfest is into its fourth year, it's the first one we have been able to attend.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 9:00 am

My daughter and I headed to Allerdean Mill Farm, just off the A1, late on Friday, June 29.

Unfortunately, we missed Inspired and Chloe Whightman, but we caught Bwani Junction Performs Paul Simon’s Graceland. Although the full band weren’t there, I loved it.

Next up was a band from Middlesbrough, and ‘loud’ was an understatement. DRIPP weren’t my cup of tea, but my daughter loved them.

Our ears were ringing all the way home, but we vowed to return the next day as we had bought weekend tickets for £15.

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The Saturday kicked off at 1pm, but we missed Oliver Payne, Loco B and Laidback. We arrived just as Warehouse Announcement were hitting the stage.

The sun shone, £2 for a spin on the Wheel of Justice could win you a t-shirt, cocktail, shot or some other tipple, while Well Hung & Tender provided the tasty burgers.

There was a bouncy castle and face-painting for the kids, cake stall and charity raffle, with all proceeds going to CALM and some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses.

Keep a look out for Winter Coats & Shorts. They are a bunch of local lads from the high school and they had the crowd dancing.

I missed Dean James & The Black Dogs, I think I was at the other end at Brian’s Jamming Tunnel. The session went on late into the night.

Next was the hugely talented Bryde, from London. I had seen Bryde preform at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh and Hemelvaart Bier Café inn Ayton.

Then came local lads and Holmesfest hosts Ordinaryson. They have a huge following and everyone flocked to the stage to hear them preform tracks from their latest CD Round Here.

Ariel Posen, all the way from Canada, mesmerised us with his guitar skills, and Warm Digits, from Newcastle, ended the show, although the music from DJ Lovell went on into the early hours.

A huge thank you to the Holmes family for opening their home to all, to everyone who helped set up and take down, to the sound guys for making sure all the artists sounded great and stuck to their time slot, and to the security guys for keeping us safe. Thank you to the bar staff for being so friendly and patient.

We will be back next year, but I think we might camp as it is only £20, which includes festival tickets.

So forget about Glastonbury and T in the Park, and support your local artists at Holmesfest next year – the best family-friendly festival on your doorstep.

Carol and Grace Fairbairn