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Town’s first music festival a hit as more than 2,500 head to Gig in the Park

PUBLISHED: 17:45 29 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 30 July 2018

Caswell on stage at Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Caswell on stage at Diss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A Norfolk town’s first music festival has been hailed a success after more than 2,500 people attended.

Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick ButcherDiss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

Gig in the Park hopes to become an annual event in Diss after the three-day festival was a hit with townsfolk.

Organiser Geoff Dixon said: “We had to struggle with the weather on Friday but we are experienced event organisers and the show went on with lots of people dancing in the rain.

“The place has been packed. It was wonderful with astonishing performances and a great crowd. We had a lot of visits from police and they said it had been a perfect event.”

The festival ran from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29 and was a joint effort by the organisers of WoW Festival, which is hosted in Diss, and Maui Waui Festival, in Theberton, Suffolk. It has been supported by Diss Town Team and Diss Town Council.

Mike Armsden with his dog Charlie at Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick ButcherMike Armsden with his dog Charlie at Diss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Dixon hopes that they will be able to return next year.

He added: “We would love to come back and from looking on social media it appears many others do as well.

“This is an amazing event for Diss right in the centre of the town. The great thing about having this is it can make a contribution to the social capital of the area.

“Along side the festival comes people coming to Diss to spend money on Mere Street. An important part of what we want to do is bring people into the area.”

Caswell on stage at Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick ButcherCaswell on stage at Diss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

The festival received a number a complaints from surrounding residents that the music was too loud.

Mr Dixon said: “You can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.

“We have been looking at how sound travels and researched along Denmark Street where the sound increased. What we believe is the sound bounced off the church and came back on people.

“But we have learnt from this and we have to experiment, I am aware of the complaints but it is a learning process.

The Floozies on stage at Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe Floozies on stage at Diss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

“It is not our aim to cause disturbance to people’s lives but anyone who came will have seen the amount of Diss families having a fantastic time.”

More than 40 acts took to the two stages hosted in Diss Park. The headliners were The Blockheads, the band behind legendary 1970s singer Ian Dury, and Doctor and the Medics who topped the chart with Spirit in the Sky.

The Signs crowned winners of Diss’s Got Talent

Diss band The Signs have been crowned winners of the first Diss’s Got Talent at Gig in the Park.

The Floozies on stage at Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe Floozies on stage at Diss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

The band is made up of Rochelle Velasco, Benji Filmer and Michael Kearney.

Geoffrey Dixon, co-organiser of Gig in the Park, said: “We were completely astounded by the quality of the performances and the scale of difference between top score and the bottom was 4 out of 40.”

The prize for winning Diss’s Got Talent is an all expenses paid day in a recording studio from Gig in the Park.

Co-judge Anne Steele said: “This band is made of three talented people and each can be successful in their own right, in my opinion.

The Floozies on stage at Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe Floozies on stage at Diss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

“It is a pity that we did not have more time today as I would have liked to hear a duet from Benji and Rochelle. They have very different but excellent voices that I feel will go well together.”

Diss’s Got Talent gave seven youngsters the opportunity to perform.

Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick ButcherDiss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

Diss Gig in the Park.
Picture: Nick ButcherDiss Gig in the Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

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