Praise for County Ground music festival as crowds come from near and far

Crowds at the County Ground music festival <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
Crowds at the County Ground music festival (Image: Newsquest)

Crowds of people have travelled from near and far to see Swindon Town’s 90s themed music festival at the County Ground.

Chris Moyles’ 90s Hangover event kicked off on Saturday, May 25, with Atomic Kitten, The Lightning Seeds and Five among the biggest names on the lineup.

Crowds of people flocked to the stadium across the afternoon and many visitors were full of praise for the early hours of the two-day festival.

Sonia and Rick Kennedy came all the way from Lincoln for the festival and told the Advertiser they had been impressed with what they saw.

Ms Kennedy said: “We travelled all the way from Lincoln, it’s our first time coming to Swindon and it seems to be an up and coming place.

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Swindon Advertiser: Crowds at the County Ground music festival
Swindon Advertiser: Crowds at the County Ground music festival

“Events like this help because they bring people and money into the town.

“We’re really enjoying it, we got the hospitality tickets and it’s all been very nice with a good show and great acts.

“Everybody looks like they’re having a really great time plus the weather has helped.”

Swindon residents told the Advertiser they were impressed with the atmosphere of the crowd during the early acts.

Helen Day added: “I love it so far, it feels quite relaxed and it’s a nice atmosphere.

“I’m looking forward to a lot of the end acts tonight.”

Briony, another festival-goer, said: “I’ve been looking forward to Five, they were one of the first acts I ever saw when I was 14, so I’ve been so excited.”

Others praised the organisation of the event.

Terry added: “It was really easy to get in and the queues were seamless which I thought was really good.”

At the time of writing, the event was set to ramp up for the evening with the Lighting Seeds next to perform.

On Sunday, the Could Be Real Tribute Festival will see a range of tribute acts take to the stage including the Attic Monkeys, The Oasis Experience, and Supersonic Queen.

Swindon Advertiser: Crowds at Swindon Town's County Ground music event
Swindon Advertiser: Crowds at Swindon Town's County Ground music event

The club hopes the event will “get the ball rolling” on future gigs at the County Ground.

In December, chief commercial officer James Watts said: "It’s important in taking us to the next level.

“If the club wants to be a sustainable business in League One and beyond we need things like this.

"The main reason for big events like this is to generate extra revenue towards the playing budget and the costs of running the club and that's why things like this are vital."