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Villagers flock to new music festival


A MINI music festival has been announced as a success by its organizer.

Around 250 people attended the Harpsden Hoo-Ha festival on Saturday, which included live music, games and food and drink.

Eight local bands performed in a marquee near the village hall with music including jazz, folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll.

The youngest group was the Stormchasers, made up of friends Bertie Caplin, 11, on drums, Jake Earle, 11, on guitar and Dhani Prabhu-Naik, 10, on piano. They performed rock and pop songs.

Girls from the Divas & Dudes Dance Academy also performed.

Mediterranean street food was provided by Olives and Olives catering and ice cream was served by Gelato Henley.

The children beat their parents in a tug of war contest and the face painting was led by staff from Harpsden Nursery School.

Stephen Blackmore, who organized the event with the help of other residents, said: “It was our first year so it was always going to be a bit of an experiment.

“We were expecting around 200 people, so I was delighted with the turnout. There was a nice spread of people ranging from 18 months to 80 years old. There were also people who came from as far away as London.

“Luckily the weather has held up and the feedback I’ve had so far has been great. Obviously I’m biased, but it looks like everyone had a great time.

Mr Blackmore, a musician who has lived in Harpsden for five years, devised the festival in the absence of Harpsden’s party, which has been canceled for the past two years due to the covid-19 pandemic and is not returned this year.

He said: “We were keen to keep the party spirit going. A lot of work has gone into it. »