We take a little look back to the Create Festival 2019 Ashford, Kent and just a few of the highlights of what was arguably the best to date.
Attended by thousands, the FREE Create Festival 2019 Ashford, Kent has become a big annual summer attraction. With its now regular feature of a big well known highlight act, it is a showcase of lesser known but equally talented acts, bands and musicians from across the south east.
With the addition of a range of ‘maker’ stalls, entertainment and a number of food and drink vendors all set within the wonderful setting of Victoria Park, combined with great weather, it’s a fantastic family day out to give everyone a taste of festival.
Below we feature just some of this years highlights we enjoyed from Create Festival 2019.
One of the first acts we saw were Tokyo Tea Room, which i enjoyed so much I forgot to take a photo.
On the main stage, there was a great performance from Fennie, who also seemed to bring a large following for their appearance too. Although one of the early performers to appear, they set the day up nicely.
For me, it was the Revelation stage that oozed talent and was literally… a revelation. It was filled with great act after great act that ended up keeping me there nearly the whole day.
There was The Tall Poppies, an indie pop duo for this performance who were just a double delight with their tunes.
After their performance, they also stuck around with the rest of the Revelation crowd to see Mike Wilton. Here was someone whose performance was a whole band wrapped up in one guitar. It was hard to believe that suck a complete sound could be produced from one man.
The frontman from The Standard Lamps, who are currently on a break, entertained everyone with his tunes that spanned indie rock, country and blues. His set just flew by far to quickly. You could see why his band have supported The Who 9 times, the last being in 2017, as well as The Bluetones.
Create…Made In Ashford
After all that a little walk around the festival site ensued. I ended up looking around the number of stalls that were there doing a brisk business. At one end of the marquee was the popular MadeInAshford stall. Bringing a gathering of over 20 makers and designers into the heart of Ashford High Street. There was a great selection of goodies and items for people to choose from.
At the other end of the marquee, came the sweetest smelling stall you could ever encounter. Bonita Candles were at the festival for the first time. Showcasing their wares – a range of handmade candles, melts and burners that delighted the senses. And just to demostrate how far the news of Create Festival has reached now, Bonita Candles had come all the way from Wolverhampton.
Before this years headliners The Lightning Seeds , who gave a truly awesome performance, appeared on the main stage, there was time to take in and appreciate the truly excellent The Fontanas. With their funky brazilian and latin vibes, they were an excellent end to the Revelation stage. Let’s hope if they come back next time they are given a feature slot on the main stage where they truly deserved to be.
Last, but by no means least, a mention for the highly entertaining
4×4 Bhangra team. The Uk’s premiere Bhangra Dance Band. As well as appearing a couple of times in the town centre in the week leading up to the festival, they entertained the crowds on the Community Stage at the festival. Then the kindly got together so I could take a photo afterwards.
All in all the Create Festival 2019, attended by thousands, must be marked down as a great success. With the only slight hiccup of arranging the town centre ‘Create Platform’ events the week before the schools broke up.
Had it been the following week, it would have allowed a whole lot more people to enjoy the town centre events and displays. I’m sure this will be corrected for next year, but well done to the Create team for a fantastic day.