Review & Gallery: OsFest

Thousands of music lovers turned out for this year's OsFest.

From current acts The Hoosiers and Union J to 80s star Toyah and the 1970s group The Bay City Rollers, all the acts drew praise from the crowds.

Thousands of music lovers enjoyed the two-day event, the fifth OsFest to be held at Oswestry Showground, and the audience showed the Dunkirk spirit by partying on despite the remnants of Hurricane Bertha bringing rain and high winds to the showground yesterday.

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It was in contrast to Saturday’s hot, sunny weather, although festival favourites The Hoosiers found themselves performing in the middle of a brief downpour on Saturday night.

They praised the crowds who braved the rain to sing along to their favourite tracks, including Cops and Robbers and Worried about Ray.

Bass player Martin Skarendahl said: “They were brilliant. They were out in the rain while we were under cover. But they were really hardcore.”

Toyah was one of the favourites of the Saturday crowd, as was Les McKeown and his new line-up Bay City Rollers.

Other stars included X Factor favourites Luke Friend and Union J, as well as chart star Foxes.

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However, there was disappointment as Conor Maynard was forced to withdraw through illness.

And the crowds enjoyed a return appearance from popular rapper Wiley, who closed Saturday’s programme.

By Sue Austin

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