Three Minute He­roes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Crowds en­joyed the sun­shine and a feast of live mu­sic at Ash­ford’s Cre­ate Fes­ti­val.

The stage was set up in Vic­to­ria Park and ska band The Selecter per­formed a show­piece set on Satur­day night.

They were joined by Ash­ford­based groups such as Hi­mali Blues, who com­bine their ex­pe­ri­ences in the Gurkha com­mu­nity with their love for rock mu­sic, and Riskee and the Ridicule, who com­bine grime, hip-hop and heavy metal.

There were also pop­u­lar per­for­mances by Faver­sham-based blues and rock group Flaw­less Car­bon and Sal­va­tion Jayne.

On the com­mu­nity stage, Ash­ford Com­mu­nity Choir mem­bers were in good voice.

The fes­ti­val, or­gan­ised by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, boasted a line-up of more than 30 bands and DJs, out­door theatre and pup­petry.

More t han 12,000 peo­ple en­joyed the af­ter­noon and evening of en­ter­tain­ment, with as many as 5,000 at the set by The Selecter. The 2 Tone band had hits in the late 70s and early 80s with songs such as On My Ra­dio and Three Minute Hero.

The coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for cul­ture, Cllr Mike Ben­nett, said: “I am re­ally pleased to see Cre­ate at­tracted so many peo­ple. It just goes to show how the fes­ti­val is val­ued.

“It’s thanks to the sup­port from lo­cal tal­ent, busi­nesses and spon­sors that we are able to work to­gether to de­liver some­thing as pos­i­tive as this for our com­mu­nity.”

Crowds gather to watch per­form­ers at the Cre­ate Fes­ti­val. In­set, head­lin­ers The Selecter

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4860396

Char­lie Tophill on the Rev­e­la­tion stage

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