Riverside Festival sees record crowds

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THOUSANDS of people rocked out in Charlbury over the weekend as the Riverside Festival hit town.

The two-day event saw an estimated 11,000 people descend on Mill Field to see live music from more than 30 bands.

Festivities also included children’s entertainment, art and craft sessions, food and a bar.

The music festival was set to take place last month but was rescheduled due to the bad weather.

Stuart Anderson, 40, of Bicester, attended with his partner of eight years Sarah Walton, 47, and daughter Isabelle, three.

He said: “It was a fabulous day. It was great for everyone and an all-round family event.

“The live music was brilliant and there was lots to do for Isabelle, who absolutely loved it.

“It was my first time at the festival and I will definitely be coming back next year.”

Festival director Andy Pickard said: “It went very well. “The highlights were Smilex, who put on a fantastic show with dry ice and strobes, and just the number of people. We have had record numbers.

He added: “We try to make it bigger and better every year and we will try to do that again.”

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