Jurassic rockin - first island music festival a success

ROCKING: State of Undress got the day's music off to a flying start. Picture: DMS

FUN: Travelling from Cheltenham, Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth these four were in festival mood. Picture: DMS

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MORE than 3,000 families and revellers flocked to a music festival which aimed to put Portland on the map.

The Jurassic Rocks music festival proved to be a 'huge success' on Saturday at the Grove playing fields- and organisers say they are already planning next year's event.

The Wurzels headlined at the festival, which featured three different stages, bars, stalls, face-painting and much more.

The line-up also included the Skimmity Hitchers, Guns of Navarone and Devil's Rejects.

Organiser Glen Chadwick said: “It was fantastic - it was out of this world.

“Everyone had a great time and the feedback has been outstanding. The whole day was a huge success.

“We had more than 3,000 people throughout the day and 1,500 at any one given time.”

He added: “We will definitely be back next year and we've got something really special planned that will surprise everyone.”

Money raised from the event will go towards local good causes including the Portland family of late teenager Jess Johnson, who have recently been faced with a bill to replace their loved ones vandalised memorial bench.

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Mr Chadwick said: “The Jurassic Rocks Music Festival was born out of an idea on how to get people to visit the fabulous isle of Portland and have a great time doing it.

“So with that in mind we sat down with a few drinks and a whole heap of ideas and came up with the idea of putting a little show on.

“After a few drinks, Jurassic Rocks was born and it's been a huge success.”

He added: “We hope that people who came enjoyed the sites of Portland and left knowing that there is a hidden gem right under their noses.”

He paid thanks to the numbers of volunteers who helped out.

The Wurzels wowed crowds in the dedicated cider bar, provided by Marshwood Vale Cider and youngsters made the most of the face-painting tent.

Other stalls included Loving Spoonful Vegan Cuisine, Marlboro Fish and Chips, Made in Dorset and Wood and Gems.

The Pascoe family, of Portland, said they really enjoyed the festival.

Mum Katy, who attended with husband Daniel and daughters Charlie, 10, and Lexie, eight, said: “A family ticket to the event was kindly donated to the Island Community Action group and luckily my daughter won it in fundraising raffle.

“It is really important that Portland starts to showcase itself. More and more pop-up festivals are taking place around the country and it's fantastic to see one on our doorstep.”

Darren Smith and David Watters, of band Thin Wire Fence, told the Echo that were really pleased to have been invited to perform.

 

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7:35am Sat 26 Jul 14

Beattie03 says...

Really pleased this was a success and that it owes it's origins to the Big Grove Summer Festival - which was the Island's first Festival of this kind. Good for Portland that someone has been able to take all the foundations that were laid at the Grove Festival and build into something bigger.
Really pleased this was a success and that it owes it's origins to the Big Grove Summer Festival - which was the Island's first Festival of this kind. Good for Portland that someone has been able to take all the foundations that were laid at the Grove Festival and build into something bigger. Beattie03
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10:27pm Mon 4 Aug 14

banjake says...

A fantastic weekend , superb job by Glen and his crew ,stellar performances by all performers ( special mention to The RedCrow and the Guns of Naveronne ) big thanks to the Clifton Hotel for hosting a great pre fest party on Friday night , All in all a blast and already looking forward to next year
A fantastic weekend , superb job by Glen and his crew ,stellar performances by all performers ( special mention to The RedCrow and the Guns of Naveronne ) big thanks to the Clifton Hotel for hosting a great pre fest party on Friday night , All in all a blast and already looking forward to next year banjake
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