Enthusiastic music fans converged on Reepham on the weekend of 10-11 August for this year’s festival of rock, rhythm, classical, folk and blues.
The event was a sell-out with more than 1,600 people flooding through the gates. This year saw more than 17 bands perform over 20 concerts across three venues – the twin stages in Rookery Meadow, St Mary’s Church and Whitwell & Reepham Station.
Legendary rhythm and blues kings Dr Feelgood took to the stage on Saturday evening, along with perennial crowd-pleasers Buster James, festival favourites The Vagaband and tribute band The Kaiser Thiefs.
Saturday kicked off in true rock style with Norfolk-based Tattooed Lies and finished in similar vein on the Sunday with energetic young local band Shock! Hazard, who entertained an enthusiastic crowd of all ages.
Rising roots star Luke Jackson stopped off as part of his UK festival tour, while the Imperial Vienna Orchestra’s dynamic and energetic performance drew a rapturous reaction from a packed church audience.
Festival director Steve Jenkins said the festival, now in its sixth year, aims to provide a range of musical tastes and a great day out for families. “Such is the profile of the festival that we now get inundated with enquiries from bands and musicians, even from beyond the UK, wanting to play here,” he said.
“Reepham’s such a lovely location in which to host a music festival and it’s great that visitors come from far and wide to this historic gem in the middle of Norfolk.
“The people of Reepham have embraced the festival and it’s heart-warming that so many people offer to help over the weekend. And we donate net proceeds to local charities and good causes.”
A high point of the weekend was a competition to win a Telecaster-style electric guitar, customised for free by Aerographics of Horsford and autographed by Dr Feelgood, whose lead guitarist Steve Walwyn presented the prize to competition winner and regular festival-goer Dave Tibbitts of Great Yarmouth.
“This is my fifth year at Reepham,” explained Dave, “and it’s a great thrill to win this guitar – now I have to learn how to play it!”
Runner-up prizes comprised tickets to see Dr Feelgood at Epic Studios in Norwich in November; proceeds from the guitar raffle will go to local charities.
More images from the Reepham 13 weekend can be purchased HERE