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More of a flying visit for me on the Sunday of this years festival but the music I caught was certainly top draw.

First band up for me on the Riverside Stage and a name I recognised but may have just managed to miss at local festivals in the past was Rosetta Fire and with their stella harmony vocals, wonderful hooks and feel-good summer vibe they were just about the perfect band for a sweltering summer afternoon.

They were followed on the same stage by Merrymaker a new outfit put together by Dan Sealey of Ocean Colour Scene fame and what a wonderful, chilled out acoustic performance with Dan's rich vocals mixing perfectly with the acoustic guitars and other instruments including a good dose of violin magic and the set was full of lyrically clever numbers including a delightful ‘This is England'.

My last set of the day was at the Band Stand stage for the performance by singer-songwriter/ guitarist Rosa Francesca and I really enjoyed her set which had a jazzy/soulful vibe while her voice reminded me a little of Katie Melua (which I love).

The end of another Peace Festival and hats off to all of the artists, speakers, organisers and of course those all important volunteers.

Andrew Lock


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