The sun shone on this year’s M-Fest and Midsomer Norton Fayre Day, as the town’s revellers enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of live music across two stages in the High Street. Over at Gullock Tyning and the Somer Centre, a space had been cleared on land which will become a Town Park – with the community being asked how they would like to see it used.
There was the traditional Town Show, maypole dancing by local schools, muisc workshops, activities, teas, stalls by community groups and much more – with awards handed out to those who had won the various classes.
Back in the High Street for M-Fest and the crowds grew throughout the afternoon as residents enjoyed a wide range of music. After ‘The Publicans’ opened the event with their debut gig, those in attendance enjoyed a bit of everything, with the fun and infectious ska of ‘The One Tones’, classic rock of ‘The Venezulan Pig Rustlers’ to the Gypsy folk of ‘Ninotchka’, who received a raptuous reception from the audience.
Many chose to enjoy the sun in the Hollies Garden, where the Acoustic Stage gave opportunities to a range of local acts, not least the fabulous duo of GUTS, who closed the stage with a fantastic performance.
By the evening, the audience had built considerably. The incredible rock and pop vibes of ‘Centrefolds’, followed by ‘Troy Ellis and His Hail Jamaica Reggae Band’, who got even the shyest Nortoner up and dancing around. When headliners, ‘Imperial Leisure’ brought their own unique blend of ska, punk, pop and hip-hop to the stage it was a party. As they headed into the final song, their frontman told the crowd: “This is a great thing you’ve got going on here, keep it going.” As hundreds continued to dance, trouble free in the sun, everyone surely agreed.
A huge thanks goes to the organising committee, headed by the Midsomer Norton Community Trust and the bands and volunteers that made it happen. The event organisers also made a special point to thank all the event sponsors, including Midsomer Norton Town Council, who provided the core funding. Many local businesses also added their support to the day, including Dennings Electrical contractors, who ensured that the stage had power; thanks to Midsomer Norton Methodist Church, Massey Wilcox who provided the stage, and Fireshield lent fire extinguishers. Safe and Sound Security and the police were also thanked for their approach to the afternoon, which went off without any incident.
The final thanks must go to those who attended, who created a fun, family atmospehere for everyone to enjoy. The event will be back next year, with the provisional date set for Saturday, 14th July 2018.