Thousands of music lovers descended on Stafford Castle to enjoy a weekend of live music at one of the county’s most historic venues.
Sunday’s Live at the Castle music festival, situated in the beautiful surroundings of Stafford Castle, follows on from Party in the Park and the RideStaffs festival – both of which also took place this month.
The castle musical festival has become a highlight of the year in the county town over the past few years. Those who attended had the choice to watch bands and singers on the main stage, or relax in the acoustic tent listening to the soothing vocals of Stafford’s home grown talent.
Over 3,000 people attended the event according to Stafford Borough Council and was helped by the weather with it staying mainly dry throughout the day - despite the odd shower.
William Connaghan, from the borough council, said: “We were really pleased with the turnout, especially considering there was a mixed bag of weather with some sun and some showers.”
The event made use of the hilltop stage in the grounds of Stafford Castle left over from the Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of Othello.
Soul City 7 headlined the main stage on the Sunday while Last Orders topped the bill in the acoustic tent – both starting at 8.15pm.
Other acts to perform included Callum Kerrigan, Skyfoil, The Taskers and Sugar Thief.
There was also poetry and spoken word by Adam Probert and Hayden Robinson throughout the day.
All in all there was eight hours of live music across the day with residents ranging from the young and old turning out to eat their picnics and listen to the music.
But it was not all plain sailing for the event as Staffordshire Police made five arrests after a disturbance towards the end of the night.
A 43-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and being drunk and disorderly, and four men, aged between 17 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of public order offences. All five remain in custody awaiting questioning from the force.
Live at the Castle was just one of many events in the county recently.
The weekend before last hundreds of people from Stafford and beyond packed out Victoria Park for Party in the Park. Children’s TV character Postman Pat TV character travelled from Greendale to appear at the event. Councillor Mike Smith, the cabinet member for leisure at Stafford Borough Council, said: “The Stafford Festival has become an annual fixture. Packed with lots of free entertainment, Party in the Park is always guaranteed to be fun for all the family, while Live at the Castle is a great day out and a fantastic way of supporting local talent.”