PHOTO GALLERY: A sell-out crowd descended on Los Altos Park in Sandown yesterday (Saturday) for the inaugural Fairweather Festival, which saw the likes of Professor Green, FooR and The Chuckle Brothers perform to thousands of Islanders.
Late summer sunshine paved the way for a hot, dry day which was thoroughly enjoyed by the 5,000 people who attended the charity event in aid of Mind and sponsored by Island Echo. More tickets were sold on the day than expected resulting in the festival completely selling out by 17:00.
The gates to the hidden gem that is Los Altos Park opened at 11:00 and it wasn’t long until the music started with Cara Goodrem opening the main stage. Lewis Sheppard, Groove Union, Sheer Pink and Lloyd Llewellyn also performed, alongside Born ina Barn, Jamie Lee Harrison and Luke Friend.
In the Cabin in the Woods stage revellers were treated to performances from Reminders, Avocado Sunrise, Confed Fred, Freazy, Goo Lagoon and star act, Bass Boy.
The atmosphere was turned up a notch late yesterday afternoon when the slapstick duo of Paul Chuckle and Barry Elliot – The Chuckle Brothers – said a big ‘helllloooo’ to the Fairweather crowd. The pair stayed on site and enjoyed the evening’s entertainment.
Unfortunately, Atomic Kitten were unable to perform at Fairweather as originally billedy but their 45 minute slot was filled by popular local band, Lucid. That performance was followed by an emotion-filled set from X Factor star Lucy Spraggen.
As darkness fell on Sandown, FooR wowed the crowds with their electric, upbeat and rememberable performance. Fans were encouraged to turn on their phone flashlights to create a sea of bright lights looking out from the stage.
In an unexpected twist, Bass Boy was invited to join FooR and festival promoter Callum Fairweather also made a brief appearance on stage.
Professor Green, who is a strong ambassador for mental health, brought the first Fairweather Festival to a close with a 45-minute, high energy and crowd-pleasing set. The headline act certainly appeared to enjoy his time on the Isle of Wight; ahead of his Fairweather appearance the award-winning rapper visited The Pointers Inn, Newchurch for a bite to eat.
Complaints about the lengthy queues for the bar and toilets have been noted by organisers, who have promised to make appropriate changes should the event return in 2018.