An ecstatic crowd of almost 5,000 people descended on a sunny Sandown Airport at the weekend for the second annual Fairweather Festival, which saw rememberable performances from the likes of Razorlight, Example & DJ Wire, Professor Green, FooR and many other acts.
Following on from the inaugural success of last year’s event at Los Altos Park, the festival – aptly named after its curator Callum Fairweather – moved to the bigger venue of Sandown Airport for a 2-day offering of music across 2 incredible stages.
The shenanigans got underway on Friday afternoon when the gates opened and festival revellers flooded in with ease. They were set for a night of epic performances from chart-toppers Fatman Scoop and Example & DJ Wire, accompanied by outstanding sets from Too Greezey, Shufflah and Just Eden – among others – on the brand new ‘The Den’ stage.
Professor Green, who is a strong ambassador for mental health, returned to Fairweather Festival again this year following his headline performance at the 2017 event. It was great to see him back on an Isle of Wight stage and he once again appeared to thoroughly enjoy his time on the garden Isle, paying a visit to The Pointer’s Inn for dinner.
The atmosphere was turned up a notch on Saturday when no less than 22 acts entertained the strong crowds, who seemed to take to the new venue well. Local favourites Lauran Hibberd, Lucid and Hancock B2B Just Eden featured on the line-up alongside international favourites The South, Dappy and Rhythm of the 90’s.
As darkness fell on Sandown, noughties stars Razorlight delivered hit-after-hit ahead of an electric closing performance from Friends of FooR.
Last year’s complaints about the lengthy queues for the bar and toilets were clearly taken on board with plenty of refreshments and loos available across the festival site.
The ‘festival for better mental health’ this year supported the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.