We’ll be back! is the message from Wannasee Festival organisers after more than 2,000 people partied in Greenhead Park yesterday.
Tributes to Abba, Bon Jovi, Queen, Michael Jackson and more had the crowd dancing, with young and old enjoying hits from the seventies, eighties and nineties.
John Brannon, one of the festival’s organisers, is already looking ahead to Wannasee 2017 — and said that as long as Kirklees Council is on board, the music all-dayer will return.
“It’s been a good first year,” he said. “I think people were surprised how much was going on and the quality of the bands. What we need now more than ever is for people to spread the word, use social media and keep tabs on what we’re planning.”
The family-friendly event offered rides for the kids alongside the live music.
“What stood out was the amount of kids that came, they were enjoying music and hits from before they were alive,” John added.
“People were up and dancing from the first band.”
Subject to council approval, Wannasee organisers hope to have the date for 2017’s tribute festival confirmed in the coming weeks.
The last major music event in Greenhead Park was a Mumford and Sons gig in 2012, when 8,000 people filled the park for their 90-minute show.
“It’s been too long since we had an event like this in Greenhead Park”, said Erin Chappell, who went to Wannasee with friends and family including her son Jack.
“The last thing we went to was Mumford and Sons which was ages ago, so I hope this encourages more events to happen.”