Festival’s success will lead to repeat in 2015

ABOUT 1,000 spectators made the first AldingBOOM festival a success.

The reaction to the event’s debut means plans are 
already being made for a repeat in 2015.

The crowds relaxed and boogied at the recent event to music from a range of excellent bands.

The Oak Tree area saw the likes of Sticky Rhythms, East Head, TF Bundy, Mike Fry & the FT and Living Large entertain audiences.

Talented students from Chichester Music Academy also took to the stage.

At the enchanting Woodland Stage, a range of acts showed off their talents. They included Debi John, Ed Goodale, Dan Breen, award-winning Aimee Mackenzie and The Muddy Lane 
String Band.

The woodland was full of harmonies and people chilling around the grass roof bothy that provided a perfect natural stage.

Nicki Clarke, one of the AlingBOOM organisers, said: “It was a fantastic day. We had brilliant weather, bands and attractions. You could not ask for more for an event.

“Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy the day and support us. The performers were exceptional and very talented.

“The stage and sound technicians did a great job 
and provided a very professional set.

“We are very grateful to everyone who was involved and we look forward to AldingBOOM 2015.”

The festival-goers at the Aldingbourne Country Centre were able to enjoy the acts with their variety of musical styles and also take in the venue’s other attractions.

These included the open farm, mini golf, workshops to make a musical instrument and face-painting for children.

Music workshops with Nyodema Drummers and Mike Fry were a big hit.

The authentic African drummers encouraged people to pound away to create a brilliant ‘jungle’ rhythm.

Katy Alston, of Pinks Vintage Ice Cream, said: “It was a fabulous way 
to spend a Sunday in a fantastic environment surrounded by some very kind and friendly people.”

One festival-goer told the organisers: “It was an amazing day. Well done all. Please do it again soon.”

The festival was organised by local charities Aldingbourne Trust and L’Arche together with Chichester Music Academy.

It raised funds for the Aldingbourne Trust and L’Arche for their respective work with adults with learning disabilities in West Sussex.

The charities would like to thank Nick Davidson, of Chichester Music Academy, for playing a key role as an AldingBOOM organiser and inviting some performers.