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Decades festival rolls back the years

Rock band The Quireboys ended up playing two sets at Workington’s Decades festival last weekend.

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The group had only been scheduled to play on Friday, but a last-minute hand injury to the drummer of Blink L 182 saw them come to the rescue by filling in for them on the Saturday.

Word of their superb performance on Friday quickly spread around town and their second unscheduled gig at the Vine Bar was packed.

Guitarist Paul Guerin said: “It was terrific. We will definitely be coming back again.”

They were just one of the acts at the new three-day music festival, which ran from Friday to Sunday.

Headliners included Toyah Willcox, Ed Tudorpole and David Van Day.

Thousands of people enjoyed the warm weather and the atmosphere was electric around the town centre pubs, where the festival was based.

Toyah was perhaps the most anticipated artist in the build-up to the festival and she didn’t disappoint.

The 1980s punk princess played to a bumper crowd at Club Ice on Saturday night

Van Day was the headline act on Friday at Club Ice, performing cover hits from the 60s to the 90s with his wife Sue Moxley.

The size of the crowd was disappointing but Van Day and Moxley put on a spirited and lively show, and Moxley even started a conga line on the dance floor.

Bands were playing from 2pm until late on Saturday and Sunday, which meant that some acts playing early in the day didn’t get a great turn out because people were out enjoying the weather.

The Glamned attracted a massive crowd at Chasers on Saturday night with their colourful wigs, leggings, leather boots and 1970s glam rock hits.

On Sunday, New Amen Corner played their 60s hits to a big audience in the beer garden at The Well.

The headline act at Club Ice, Ed Tudorpole, gave an eccentric, humorous performance on his 30-year-old acoustic guitar.

He was followed by the Sex Pistols Experience, recreating the angry scowls of Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten.

The general feeling around the town was that this festival was a long time coming for Workington, with neighbouring towns Cockermouth and Maryport having their own festivals each year.

Mike Williamson, 50, of Elterwater Avenue, Workington, said: “I hope they do the festival every year, it’s a good thing for the town. It’s been very, very friendly.”

Workington singer Steven Woods, from Thin Lizzy cover band Five and Dangerous, said: “It was a massive buzz.

“It was great to be involved in the Decades Festival, as it’s the first time we have had something like this in Workington.”

Geoff Blacklock, one of the organisers, said: “It was nice to see the town busy all weekend.

“There are a lot of learning lessons for next year but these things are not an overnight success, and we knew that at the beginning.

“We will definitely be looking to continue with it next year.”

Have your say

If the Carneige need a good act to open the revamped theatre then look no further than The Quireboys. Failing that how about UFO again.

Posted by Tony Bennett on 4 June 2012 at 17:10

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