Glastonbury without the mud

The sun came out to shine on Looe yesterday and the whole town joined in the party.

From the thousands dancing and singing in the main arena to the amazing sounds of the Huckleberry Finns, the Countrymen and Los Pacamionos featuring Paul Young, to the happy crowds listening to live music in the 28 pubs, cafes and restaurants throughout the town, everyone was having fun.

 “It was like New Year’s Eve with live music “ said an exhausted but very happy Edwina Hannaford, one of the festival’s directors, who had put glitter in her hair to reflect the party mood.“All the artists said they had thoroughly enjoyed performing in Looe, whether that was on the main stage or in one of the other venues.”

The festival was officially launched by BBC Radio Cornwall Breakfast show presenter Julie Skentelbery who proudly told the crowd she was Looe born and bred and was very, very proud of what her town had achieved. Calling on the town to give itself a huge round of applause Julie said that the community spirit in the town was a real inspiration.

Mayor of Looe, and festival director Armand Toms praised the positive attitude and behaviour of everyone in the town. “It was an incredible evening “ he said. “Everyone was having a great time and the whole town was buzzing. “

Certainly the good natured crowds filling the streets, pubs and restaurants in the town seemed to be having a wonderful evening. Everywhere you looked people were laughing and smiling and hugging each other. And everyone was full of praise for the efforts of the Looe Saves the Day team and the hundreds of volunteers who had made it all possible.

 “I can’t believe you did this in just three weeks” said one festival goer to Mayor Armand Toms, while another said that they had never been to a festival with such an incredible community spirit.

Teams of volunteers were out on the streets litter picking early this morning, with others getting the stage ready for today’s acts. The first band Falmouth Soul Sensation will be on the main stage at 12 noon. They will be followed by Helm and the All Star Band, The Trees, The Flaming Infidels, King Creature, Mad Dog Mcrae and the Correspondents, with headline Uncle Frank taking the stage at 9.30pm.

As well as the live music, there are a number of other activities taking place indoors in pubs, cafes and restaurants throughout the town today. There will be a series of silent discos taking place in The Boscarn today – the first for children (accompanied by adults) between 1 and 3 pm. This will be followed by one for teenagers between 5.30 and 7.30 pm with the adult one taking place at 8pm. The Normals, Charlie Harris, Sam Richardson, Velvet Echoes and Helm and the All Star Band will also be playing at The Boscarn.

There are also plenty of things happening along the quay – check out what is happening at The Look Out, the Old Boat House, where Candles, Chloe Carrubba, Velvet Echoes and Jaded Angel will be performing,  and the Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir in the RNLI boathouse.

You can also get friendly with the Talons raptor and reptile show in the TOC H centre at the Millpool Centre and learn about Cornish language and history in the Cornish corner by the TIC where members of Kowethas will teach you some Cornish words and phrases, with activities for children, and the Mobile Museum.

And don’t forget the pubs, restaurants and cafes in West Looe. There are some amazing live acts performing at these venues all day. These include The Jolly Sailor , the oldest pub in Looe, who have Dark Station performing at 4pm. Oh Majester are at the Quayside Centre at 3.30pm; Eagle Empire and Quo no Uk tribute band are at the Porthbyan Hotel, and Alley Cat Kings are at the Harbour Moon at 2pm. You can use the ferry to cross the river to get there.

Although the weather does not look as good as yesterday, the organisers are determined that they will not let it spoil the fun. “There are lots and lots of activities taking place indoors as well as the amazing acts on the main stage” said Armand Toms. “Looe Saves the Day festival is Glastonbury without the mud – so come along and have a great day”.

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