Music festival is riding on a wave

Crowds at this year's Beach Dreams Festival, pictured by David Russell:
Crowds at this year's Beach Dreams Festival, pictured by David Russell:

EUROPE’S longest-standing free beach festival entertained thousands of people again this year.

Beach Dreams, which has been held on Beach Green on Shoreham Beach for the last 15 years, took place on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s sunny weather ensured there was a large crowd on the green all day, which peaked in the evening when headline act Toploader performed. And despite Sunday being a little overcast, there were still significant numbers of people who turned out to enjoy the free music.

Scott Winstanley, who organises the event along with Andrew Freeman and a team of volunteers, said: “It was a massive success, we had the biggest numbers ever, with about 6,000 people turning up over the whole weekend. There were 3,500 standing when Toploader played at 8pm on Saturday night.

“We had a lot of support on the day and lots of praise. This is a free festival with no funding, so myself and Andrew have to take a gamble and hope we get a lot of support on the day and enough people turn up.

“To continue we need all the support we can get, we want to maintain Beach Dreams as a free festival, it will always be that way.

“Thank you to all who sponsored us and helped.”

As well as the music on the main stage, there was also a young musicians’ area called the Big Little Tent, a performance by The Littlehampton Academy’s steel band, rides on a vintage double-decker bus, lots of children’s rides provided by Cole’s Amusements, a beer tent, Tiki bar, stalls and more.

To launch the weekend’s festivities, children from Shoreham Beach Primary School took part in a procession led by the Beach Bateria samba band from the school in Shingle Road down to Beach Green.

Many pupils, staff and parents were dressed in Hawaiian outfits, including grass skirts and flower garlands, in keeping with the weekend’s theme, and had a picnic lunch on the green as the music began.

Other acts to perform over the weekend included Sandweaver, Sam Culver, Liquid Fuse, Richard Durrant, Micky Hart and Police Dog Hogan.

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