02:55AM, Monday 29 July 2013
The people behind the 2013 Maidenhead Festival have said the musical event was a resounding success.
The old carnival format featuring a parade though the town centre was abandoned in favour of an event exclusively set in Kidwells Park, bringing everything together in one place.
Organisers focused on a creating a real festival atmosphere with a focus on a packed line up of musicians.
Maidenhead Live's Carly Kenny, booker, coordinator and promoter of live music for the weekend was over the moon with the talent on display.
"I decided to book a wide range of genres of musicians this year to show off the amazing talent we have in Maidenhead and the surrounding areas," she said.
"We couldn't have asked for anything else from all of our contributors, musicians, stall holders and of course the masses of Maidonians that came down to join in the fun."
The weekend's event cost about £25,000 and saw thousands of people gather in the park to experience live music and entertainment.
Festival Chairman, Steph James stressed that it would not have been possible without donations from the festival sponsors as well as the countless early mornings and late nights put in by volunteers in the run up to the weekend.
"It shows there are a lot of people wanting to put something back into the town," she added.
Even Saturday’s sudden downpour could not dampen everyone's spirits as a number of hardcore fans stuck around until the very end.
"We did think moving the festival to July would help with the weather," said Steph.
"It was such a shame because Imagine the Beatles were so fantastic, but everyone who stayed really enjoyed it and even more people turned up for the fireworks."
With such a good turnout and feedback, organisers are already optimistic about bringing the Maidenhead Festival back again next year.
See this week’s Advertiser for a full report of the festival and pictures.
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