Osfest 2013 - Review


Naomi Penrose

WITH just under 5,000 revellers making their way to Oswestry Showground this year for Osfest 2013 - it was definitely the festival’s biggest year so far.

To the delight of organisers and festivalgoers the sun shone all weekend - something that has not happened during the event’s four year history.

Osfest 2013 kicked off on the Friday night (May 24) with a set from Radio 1’s DJ Monki.

Saturday saw Wiley cause a ‘Heatwave’, wowing the crowd and he was equally wowed by the atmosphere at the Shropshire festival, later taking to Twitter to express his excitement post performance.

He said: “Osfest was my best show in ages and ages, I swear the whole vibe was electric.”

British boybands Lawson and JLS also entertained the masses on the Saturday night.

Saturday headliners JLS pleased fans with their 45 minute set - one of their last performances before they split later this year.

They kept the crowd happy performing hits such as ‘Beat Again’ and ‘She Makes Me Wanna.’

Saturday’s ‘chart friendly’ line-up definitely appealed to pop music fans and a younger audience.

Sunday’s line-up consisted of a diverse sprinkling of indie rock, talent show acts and new talent.

Sunday saw rising star on the indie-folk scene King Charles treating the crowd, as well as X Factor 2012 contestant Lucy Spraggan, who is an Osfest ‘regular’ - this year being her third year at the festival.

With X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur pulling out just days before the event, organisers thought fast and drafted in The Lovable Rogues of Britain’s Got Talent fame, who went down well with Sunday’s crowd.

During the evening, indie rockers The Pigeon Detectives got the crowd going, notably with their big hit ‘Take Her Back’ - a real crowd pleaser!

Sunday headliners The Enemy closed the festival.

While Osfest organisers managed to get an excellent array of established acts for this year’s event, they also managed to brilliantly showcase just what the local music scene has on offer.

The likes of Wrexham-based Danny Gruff and the Peacemakers, Shrewsbury band Salopia and Ellesmere based female group Not Completely Blonde.

Danny Gruff and the Peacemakers guitarist, Jimi Kehlenbeck said: “The local music scene is very productive. Osfest really has showcased this and shown what Shropshire and Wrexham bands do.”

Osfest had something for everyone, with established acts, as well as up and coming local bands.

The festival, renowned for being family friendly, continued to keep that label going with plenty for youngsters to do, including a variety of stalls and a fairground.

Overall, a great range of performers and glorious sunshine made for a fantastic weekend.

Osfest 2013 will be a tough one to top but with the event growing every year, I’m sure festivalgoers have every faith in the organisers to pull something incredible out of the bag!

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