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132757b 'Staxtonbury 2013'Ishka on stage'Picture by Neil Silk'06/07/13
132757b 'Staxtonbury 2013'Ishka on stage'Picture by Neil Silk'06/07/13

The Rolling Stones might not be topping the bill, but the sold out Staxtonbury festival is still a hit with music lovers.

Scorching sunshine greeted around 4,000 music fans to the fifth annual festival this weekend, as revellers sat back to enjoy nearly 80 local acts.

132757g 'Staxtonbury 2013'Sunshine and good music brought out the crowds'Picture by Neil Silk'06/07/13

132757g 'Staxtonbury 2013'Sunshine and good music brought out the crowds'Picture by Neil Silk'06/07/13

Temperatures peaked at around 27 degrees on the Saturday, with visitors flocking from as far away as London for the three day family event.

The festival is located in the village of Staxton, and like its slightly bigger Somerset counterpart Glastonbury, locals have an advantage when it comes to buying tickets.

One of those was Rebecca Spurden, who along with her friend Vicky Wild, was at her fourth Staxtonbury.

“It’s just a great atmosphere,” said Rebecca. “The whole village really supports it.”

132757n 'Staxtonbury 2013'Warm sunshine,good music and a comfy hay bale,what more could you ask for? Perfect for a quick siesta!'Picture by Neil Silk'06/07/13

132757n 'Staxtonbury 2013'Warm sunshine,good music and a comfy hay bale,what more could you ask for? Perfect for a quick siesta!'Picture by Neil Silk'06/07/13

There had been a surge in the past fortnight of people wanting to buy a ticket for the event, but with tickets long sold out, organisers simply had to say no.

Despite that, organiser Ray Roberts said that expanding the festival isn’t on his radar just yet.

“The Friday was the best night we’ve had since the festival started,” said Ray.

“And to be honest, if the same people keep coming back, and we have this same weather, then I will always be happy with that,”

The festival continues until tomorrow night.

Tickets for the 2014 event are expected to go on sale around Christmas.

See The Scarborough News on Thursday for full coverage and pictures.