Nibley Festival hosts bands Turin Brakes, The Heavy and Skinny Lister for crowd of 4,500

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ONCE again North Nibley has transformed seamlessly from a quiet Gloucestershire village into the home of an ever popular music festival for 4,500 revellers.

Concerns were raised that showers Friday night and Saturday morning would dampen people’s enthusiasm for the event’s eighth year and cause logistical problems for the organisers.

However their fears were allayed when the sun came out and the festivities got underway with a capacity crowd.

As well as a host of games and circus-themed activities throughout the day for children, there was a wide range of stalls from local businesses and charities selling sweets, toys, clothes and food from across the globe.

Nibley Festival has become known for its impressive line-ups and this year did not disappoint with bands such as Skinny Lister, Laid Black and Turin Brakes getting the crowds going throughout the day.

Topping off the momentous experience was a pulsating performance from Bath rock band The Heavy.

The mammoth operation is carried out by an army of around 250 volunteers and it takes a week to set up and put back down all the equipment.

Nibley Festival chairman Chris Gordon said this year's event had been "exceptional".

“It’s our hobby I suppose and we really want to do a brilliant job of organising the festival,” he said.

“It’s a big commitment for people as they have to take time off work and take holiday. It’s a testament to people’s enthusiasm that they come back every year to help.”

The non-profit making venture ensure corners are not cut when it comes to providing facilities, with any money made going straight back into next year’s show or to local charities.

“We want people to have a nice time and so will increase the security, the number of toilets, whatever it takes to make sure they all have a lovely a time as possible,” said Mr Gordon.

“People are never wanting for anything, we have the logistics just right.

“We get a lot of positive feedback from bands and contractors and we take that as a big compliment.”

Laura Williams, who took her one-year-old son Jackson to the festival, said she had a lovely day.

“It is possibly the nicest family-friendly festival I have been to and I go to a dozen every year,” said the 31-year-old marketing officer from Bristol.

“It has a really relaxed atmosphere, the bands are all upbeat and the weather has been great but I think it would be great even in the rain.”

Wayne Lomax, 40, travelled from his home in Worcester with his wife and two children to be at the event after hearing about it from friends from the area.

“There’s a good chilled out atmosphere, there’s no drunk people or anything like that,” he said.

“I am enjoying the sun, there’s lots of things for kids to do and a great selection of food. It is a good location as well, there’s such lovely views.”

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