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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Thousands enjoy a family-friendly Barrow music festival

A HOST of top tribute acts performed at a family-friendly festival in Barrow.

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Around 3,000 visitors attended the third annual Kidfest charity event at Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow.

A limit of 2,000 £8 tickets were sold in advance with hundreds arriving early to get first-come first-served tickets on the door.

Entertainment also included X Factor star Amelia Lily who headlined at 5pm and dozens of talented local artists who performed inside the clubhouse.

Tribute acts such as Gary Barlow, Adele, Taylor Swift, Robbie Williams and One Direction and Amelia Lily performed on the main stage in the grounds which hosted bouncy castles, rides, stalls, and icecream vans.

Kayleigh Towers, 28, of Roose, said: “I think it’s brilliant. I love it. We came last year. The tribute acts are brilliant. I’m definitely a Gary fan.

“I thought Adele was really good and we watched Miley Cyrus too. It was good fun.

“I really like the fact it’s raising money for charity so I think the entry fee is reasonable.

“I thought it was really good they checked bags at the gates to make sure people didn’t bring in glass bottles and alcohol.”

Miss Towers attended the event in a group of seven including son Kian, four.

Kian said: “I’ve really enjoyed it. The bouncy castle was my favourite.”

Pal Harley James Smith, six, added: “All of it is my favourite. I’m looking forward to going on the bouncy trampoline later.”

Local artists included The Coulton Brothers, Megan Doherty, Paper Cranes, Rucksacks, Ultimate Ironhorse, A Year Gone By, Hannah Charlotte, and wasted Saints.

Tribute acts also included Michael Jackson.

Laura Coward, 31, of Barrow, said: “This is the first year we’ve come. It’s quite good.”

The mum-of-two said her youngest, Emily, one, enjoyed dancing to the music.

A raffle was drawn at 7pm with a top prize of Lady Gaga concert tickets.

The event was in aid of Walney Youth Club, Leonard Chesire Disability and Love Barrow families.

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