Witton Park rock festival receives high praise from music-lovers across Blackburn with Darwen

Published Friday 3 September 2021 at 12:38

Festival goers have spoken of their joy after attending One of East Lancashire’s most anticipated music festivals came back with a bang over the sunny bank holiday weekend.

Music lovers and gig-goers were delighted to attend the family-friendly Restricted Rocks at Blackburn’s Witton Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Around 9000 people attended across the weekend and they enjoyed the best rock and indie tribute acts, including Kaiser Monkey Killers – a melodic mixture of songs and hits from the Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs and the Killers.

Returning again this year was the Oasis Experience and QE2 (a Queen tribute), who both put on fantastic shows.

One festival-goer who spoke highly of their experience said:

Just come home from one of the most amazing nights out ever! I honestly think there should be more nights in Witton like there has been this weekend. It brought the whole community together and it was nothing but fun. If you could take this into consideration and plan more things like this that would be amazing!! I think I’m speaking for everyone that went here too.

The Saturday was billed as the rock and indie day with bands like the Oasis Experience and QE2 playing alongside U2 Baby, the Guns and Roses Experience and the Hot Red Chilli Peppers.

And on Sunday, which was dubbed the festival’s family pop day, ticket holders got to party along to music from the Ultimate Coldplay, Beatles for Sale, Bad Manners, Abba Fever, Ska Face, an Elvis Presley tribute act and The Specials.

As well as the plethora of musical acts, there were also circus performers, fairground rides, a food court, fire breathers, merchandise and face paint stalls.

Executive Member for Public Health and Wellbeing for Blackburn with Darwen borough Council, Damian Talbot, said:

After a horrid 18 months for the entertainment industry due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been fantastic to hear so much praise for the festival, yet again really putting our Borough on the map for music events.

Although an official date has a not been set yet, the 10 hour music festival is expected to return to Witton Park in 2022.

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