Thousands flock to T-fest for fab fun

Tim Taylor, of the Torn. Picture: Cliff Edwards
Tim Taylor, of the Torn. Picture: Cliff Edwards

Thousands of music fans flocked to Tickhill for the first T-fest.

The festival featured dozens of acts from full-scale bands right down to solo acoustic performers, and also saw the last Doncaster show by local rockers Stafford Galli.

Organiser Jenny Hallsaid: “It was a fabulous day – I think we had around 6,000 people there, which was very much beyond our expectations.

“Although we’d sold a good few advance tickets, you still never know how you’re going to do until the day itself.

“It was wonderful to see everybody having such a great time. We had representatives of the whole Doncaster community there, everyone from grandparents to little children, all having a good time together.”

Jenny said she was particularly pleased the day passed without any trouble.

She said: “The police have commended us. Apparently there wasn’t a single incident in the course of the whole day.”

As well as the tunes from rock bands on the main stage, music reverberated throughout the town with gigs also taking place at Tickhill Institute, The Scarborough Arms, The Oak and Tickhill Cricket Club.

There was also a tea dance at Tickhill Methodist Hall, classical performances and an appearance by the Tickhill Male Voice Choir at St Mary’s Church and displays of street dance and martial arts.

But certainly the most emotional moment was the last Doncaster concert by one of the town’s most popular bands of the last two decades, Stafford Galli.

Jenny said: “Their set was amazing and they’ve got such a loyal following. It’s a real shame to see them go – they’ve been such a massive part of the Doncaster music scene.”

Galli’s lead singer and songwriter Martin Ferguson said: “It was a very emotional gig. The crowd were fantastic and it turned into a mass singalong – I think we took the roof off.

“We’ve been going since 1993, and 20 years just seems the right time to finish. T-fest seemed like the perfect way to go out with a bang. Now it’s time to look to pastures new.”