FESTIVAL lovers were treated to a trio of top chart acts during a free day of music in Dewsbury.
Thousands of revellers brought their garden furniture out into Crow Nest Park to enjoy performances from Australian teen sensation Gabriella Cilmi, chart-topping Grime collective Roll Deep and London pop princess Eliza Doolittle.
The annual Festival in the Park event also included a host of performances from up and coming local bands and activities for families and children.
Headlining the day was Gabriella Cilmi who wowed the crowd with her worldwide chart hit Sweet About Me. The 18-year-old met fans after performing her set.
East London boys Roll Deep got people dancing with their recent number one Good Times and a performance of Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out.
Donned in her now customary cut-off shorts, Eliza Doolittle produced a soulful set including her two recent hits Skinny Genes and Pack Up.
Speaking to The Examiner before her half-hour-long performance, she said: “I’m really excited, it’s cool to come somewhere new.
“It’s nice to reach out to places you wouldn’t usually reach out to.
“I’d probably normally do a gig in Leeds, so it’s nice to go that step further and play somewhere a bit closer to the community.
“I’ve been working and writing for a very long time, so it’s nice to have more and more people hear my music now.”Related content
Emma Barrow, 14, of Lindley, said: “I thought the event was really good. We got near the front and the atmosphere was great.
“Gabriella Cilmi and Eliza Doolittle were very good, but I thought Roll Deep were best – you could really dance to their set.
“But the whole thing was great.”
The Kirklees Council-funded festival was kicked off by amateur bands who won their places on the main stage at a recent battle of the bands competition.
Dewsbury teenagers The Tabbs began the day with an energy-packed indie rock set.
Frontman Luke Denvers said: “It was amazing, just to look out there and see a sea of people. It’s what you dream of when you first pick up a guitar.
“It’s our hometown and this is almost our back garden.”
They were followed by Thornhill rock trio Hand Made Hands and Dewsbury alt-rock four piece Champagne for Enemies.
Also playing were Full Girth Explosion and local band The Sighting, who were invited back after impressing as an unsigned band last year.
Singer Marc Gunjal said it felt great to be higher up the billing.
He said: “We love it, you can’t beat it.
“We’ve got a lot of people down who know us so it’s been great.”
Other activities available included a fairground, a Bizarre Bazaar and Children’s World.
And this year a second stage hosted more local acts including Huddersfield bands Ruby and Noah, The Huddersfield Gospel Choir, TheMe and Burundi Drummers.