Lake’s musical festival proves great success

Acoustic Gathering in Peasholm Park.Enjoying Ian Broudie from The Lightening Seeds
Acoustic Gathering in Peasholm Park.Enjoying Ian Broudie from The Lightening Seeds

The Festival of the Indian Summer – better known as Acoustic Gathering – basked in late summer sunshine this weekend.

Last night saw proceedings rounded off with a set packed with hits from the Lightning Seeds with a wealth of local talent gracing the Peasholm Lake bandstand stage.

Organiser Steve Dickinson said people had been very supportive with between 700 and 1,000 tickets sold for yesterday and a capacity crowd of 1,900 expected today.

He added: “It’s been very different for us and we’ve had a lot more infrastructure to cope with.

“But as you walk through the park it is a fantastic atmosphere and a civilised atmosphere. It’s a vast improvement on previous years as far as the safety element.

“The fact that the Lightning Seeds are here is fantastic.”

Craig Havelock, had travelled to Scarborough from Newark in Nottinghamshire and, decided to visit Acoustic Gathering because of the Lightning Seeds.

He said: “We were just looking around to see what was on.

“We saw that this was on and we’ve seen the Lightning Seeds before and decided to come along.

“It’s really nice. The park’s really nice and we love the stage in the middle of the lake – it’s brilliant.”

Stuart Neilson, who runs the North Riding pub in North Marine Road, said the Lightning Seeds had been rehearsing in his front room before their appearance last night.

He added: “It’s very well organised and we’ve got a massive headline act. It’s an opportunity for me to relive part of my life from the 1990s. It’s great for Scarborough.”

Janet Deacon, Scarborough’s tourism manager, said the event was “awesome” and it was a coup to attract the Lightning Seeds to the area.

She added: “Events within the borough are now throughout the year and they attract so many people out of season.”