Delight for festival organisers

'About a Plane Crash' performing iat Saturday's 'Pitch Invasion' concert.
'About a Plane Crash' performing iat Saturday's 'Pitch Invasion' concert.

ORGANISERS of a popular music festival were delighted with the “incredible” turn out of thousands of town residents.

Families and teenagers were out in force as creative charity Red Dreams hosted their Pitch Invasion festival.

More than 50 bands and artists took to the stage and wowed the thousands who made the most of the glorious weather conditions and enjoyed the day at Seaton Carew Cricket Club.

Last year 5,000 people turned out at the annual event over the weekend. But this year 6,000 enjoyed the music on offer on Saturday alone.

A similar turn out on Sunday left organisers ecstatic with the weekend’s proceedings.

“It was an absolutely brilliant two-days, just incredible,” said Dawn McManus, 41, co-founder of Red Dreams alongside her husband Ian, 41.

The charity was launched in 2007 after their 16-year-old son, Kyle McManus, died from a brain haemorrhage.

Red Dreams, which is based in Whitby Street South, in the town, has since helped a number of talented youngsters and organised their annual music festival which gives youngsters the chance to perform on the big stage.

Dawn added: “We had 52 bands and artists performing and around 40 per cent of them came through Red Dreams.

“It’s fantastic to see them performing in front of so many people.

“It’s quite hard to describe the feeling, but when I take a step back and watch these youngsters performing and so many people watching them, it just takes my breath away,

“It certainly makes me very proud.”

The thousands of music fans were treated to an impressive line up of acts over the two days at the festival. Tribute acts The UK Foo Fighters and New2 headlined the main stage on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Hotly-tipped Teesside band The Chapman Family headlined the PBL Audio Marquee Stage on Saturday and The Buble Experience closed the festival on Sunday evening.

Dawn, of Lennox Walk, Hartlepool, added: “The festival is getting better each year.

“To get as many people in the crowd as we did over the weekend was fantastic.”

Dawn said bosses will have a week or so off now before starting to plan for next year’s event.