THE first Stanhope weekender took place yesterday (Saturday).

The music festival launched a smaller event this year in the village in Weardale.

It took place between 1pm and 11pm at the Stanhope Showground.

The organiser, Lewis Maddison, is planning on extending the event next year with more music, food and camping facilities.

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Lewis said: "We only started organising it three weeks ago, so it was a very last minute kind of affair. We want to grow it into a multiple day festival based in Stanhope.

"Front and foremost it is a weekender of the beautiful countryside and then the entertainment come second. We've got a mix of genres, all sorts of different types of music and an awful lot to dance to.

"So it went down extremely well. We didn't just have locals there from Weardale, we had people from far and wide as well, which I think is really successful seeing it's only been three weeks in the making.

"We're hoping next year to get some excellent bands - a really good lineup and really good weekend put together for everybody."

The Northern Echo:

Organisers also want to make the festival in coming years have more food and drink stalls.

Lewis added: "I'm really excited and I'm quite impressed with how everyone's come together to create the event.

"It's such a scenic natural ampitheatre - it looked spectacular. It is a music festival but what sets it apart from everywhere else is where it's at.

"It's just beautiful and there's no other festivals within the Dales quite like it."

The Northern Echo:

Acts which performed included Celtic Man, The Revolution Airs - a blues band, some DJs, Beyond Madness - a tribute act.

Lewis said: "You may not know the bands but you'll certainly know what they play."

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