We’re getting ready for the last day of festival fun …..
Intrepid festival goers in Looe were determined not to let a little rain spoil their party yesterday – filling the bars, cafes and restaurants to listen to the live music and comedy acts being performed in the other 28 venues while the main stage was temporarily closed.
The combination of strong winds and heavy rain during the afternoon unfortunately meant that the stage had to be temporarily shut down for safety reasons – leading to some acts being cancelled.
Luckily the weather improved in time for crowd favourite Mad Dog Mcrae to take to the stage just after 6pm. The excited crowd then gave an equally enthusiastic welcome to The Correspondents before going wild for the arrival of headline act Uncle Frank.
“Saturday was certainly a little soggy but there was still an amazing atmosphere in the town“ said Armand Toms. “As well as the acts in the centre of the town, there were some fantastic performances in the cafes and restaurants in the quay and in West Looe.
“It really was like Glastonbury but luckily with a little rain rather than mud”.
One of the unexpected highlights was an impromptu acoustic performance by Uncle Frank in Ecotricity where one of the audience was tomorrow’s headline act P.P.Arnold who then joined Uncle Frank on stage – a real treat for those festival goers lucky enough to catch the performance.
The Boscarn again hosted acts from the BBC Introducing in Devon and Cornwall stage where a packed crowd watched performances from The Normals, Charlie Harris, Sam Richardson, Velvet Echoes and Helm and the All Star Band.
Eagle eyed visitors to Looe yesterday may have noticed a worrying number of Viking warriors striding along the streets complete with helmets and braids. Don’t worry this was not a serious Viking invasion –just an invitation to dress like a Viking and have some fun. The last day of the festival is traditionally “dress up Sunday” and LSTD organisers are encouraging people to get out their Viking gear or any other fancy dress costumes tucked at the back of their wardrobe and join in .
“Today is all about having fun” said Edwina Hannaford. “Whether you want to dress like a Viking, don your favourite superhero costume or just come as you are – please come and help us celebrate the end of an incredible festival weekend. “
Today’s action starts on the main stage at 12 with Sonic Kingdom, followed by The Viewers, the Grenaways and then Kernow King. Then it is the turn of Russel Sinclair and The Smokin Locos and Vince Lee and the Big Combo before 17 year old busker Charlie Harris takes to the stage for her first big festival performance.
Charlie, who lives in Menheniot , has been busking to raise money for the Looe Saves the Day festival and has been given a slot on the main stage as a thank you for her hard work. Thank you Charlie – you have been amazing!
After Charlie’s performance, The Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys will perform before awesome singer PP Arnold closes the festival with a very special tribute to soul diva Aretha Franklin.
There will also be acts performing in the 28 other venues across the town throughout the day, with highlights including Marley White at the Old Boat House at 3.30; Lost in Space and Blue River at The Boscarn; Will Keating, Harri Larkin and Green Haze at The Portbyhan; Dr Thuds Remedy and Dr Oz at the Quayside Centre, and the Looe Valley Singers, Lanreath Community Music, Sterts Singers and Keltique at the Lifeboat Station … and much, much, much more. Details of all the acts performing in the town are on the website or you can pick up a programme.
“Yesterday was a fantastic day” said Edwina. “We were very grateful for the patience of festival goers while the stage was shut but luckily there were lots of other things for people to see and do.
“Today is going to be even better. This is the last day of the Looe Saves the Day festival 2018 and the weather is looking a little kinder today. We are determined to make sure everyone has a real day to remember”.