It's been a weekend full of music and comedy in Shrewsbury as thousands of people battled the weather at Shrewsbury Fields Forever
It all kicked off on Friday with the warm up party featuring some of the country's biggest dance acts, Sister Bliss and a Faithless DJ set being the main attraction. Luckily the rain held off and festival goers enjoyed a mix of local talent and chart topping acts.
It wasn't just music that was on hand to keep visitors entertained. The showground was also the temporary home of several small market stalls, cafes and even Water Zorbing. There was no shortage of things to do and with two large bars it was easy to keep yourself entertained!
The main event was on Saturday when Maximo Park, The 1975, Athlete and The Sunshine Underground topped the bill. Athlete were the first big name to appear on stage in what's become a very rare live performance from the band. The crowd roared as the band played some of their biggest hits including, El Salvador and Half Light. The boys saved the best till last though when they played their biggest hit, Wires, to a crowd who sung every word.
Next up was local lads The Sunshine Underground. The band originally hail from Telford and Shropshire and formed at New College in Telford before relocating to Leeds. The lads were certainly appreciated by their home ground and performed a great set. The lads tweeted after saying:
Thanks to all who came down to see us at Shrewsbury Fields! It was epic!— SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND (@T_S_U) September 15, 2013
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The big news being their UK tour in November which sadly doesn't see them come back to the region. (Sob!)
Their self-titled debut album has just gone straight in at number one, so it's no wonder The 1975 were in a good mood. The band were greeted with one of the biggest cheers of the night (mostly by the younger ladies!) They may not have much of a back catalogue but their hits Chocolate and Sex sent the crowd wild! The lads have just kicked of their UK tour and will be back in the Midlands tonight when they perform at The Institute in Birmingham.
Finally came the act most people had been waiting to see, Mercury prize nominee band Maximo Park. With a back catologue dating back over ten years, the crowd were treated to performances of plenty of old favourites. Girls who play guitar, Our Velocity and of course Apply Some Pressure were received with enormous cheers that could be heard throughout Shrewsbury.
The lads clearly enjoyed playing the festival, afterwards tweeting:
Thanks Shrewsbury! What a bunch of good sports. P— Maximo Park (@maximopark) September 14, 2013
Elsewhere two dance tents were providing that festival party atmosphere.
As the storms hit on Sunday, the festival cooled down with performances from James Walsh, Micky Greaney Band and local lads The Making, who performed a rare acoustic set.
Festival goers weren't put of by the weather, much to gratitude of those performing.
Thanks to all the hearty souls who braved the cold to see me @ShrewsburyFest really enjoyed it!— James Walsh (@jamesstarsailor) September 15, 2013
Anyone who needed cheering up after getting soaked by our unpredictable weather could head straight for the comedy tent! Performances from Shaun of the Dead star Dylan Moran and Carl Donnelly warmed up the crowds.
What a fantastic weekend it's been in a cold muddy field in Shrewsbury. Bring on next year!