Phoenix Festival flies the flag after Fab Festival disappointment

Rockin' it: The Phoenix Festival Credit:  Paul Dubbelman

Rockin' it: The Phoenix Festival Credit: Paul Dubbelman

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Music lovers were treated to a free day of live music thanks to Richmond’s Crawdaddy Club.

Rising from the ashes of the failed Richmond Fab Festival, the Phoenix Festival was created to salvage something for those who lost their money to the defunct festival organisers.

The Fab Festival, planned for Old Deer Park from August 23 to 25, was cancelled at short notice when the organising company went into liquidation, leaving hundreds of ticket holders out of pocket.

Having previously organised the music for the Richmond Riverside Festival, Mike Rivers worked with Richmond Athletic Associaition, musicians and the project manager employed by Fab festivals to create the Phoenix Festival on Sunday, August 24.

The festival was able to gain funding from David McGeachie of Tenant Finder, St Margarets, and all seven bands agreed to appear for free despite losing their fee due from the Fab Festival.

Bands performing throughout the day included Martin Turner from Wishbone Ash, Tony Devenport, The All Night Workers, The Robert Hokum Blues Band, The Others, The Blue Bishops and Tony O'Malley with several members of Kokomo.

Mr Rivers, organiser of the Phoenix Festival, said: "It was an enormous success and everyone pulled together.

"The musicians gave their time for free. We had a really good crowd and it was a really nice family atmosphere.

"It was just a really lovely atmosphere all day. The barbecue was great quality and value and everyone went away happy."

The festival, which was free to Fab Festival ticket holders, welcomed more than 300 guests and raised £500 for Macmillan nurses.

Fab ticket holders also got entry to the BBC Good Food Show at Hampton Court Palace at the weekend.

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