THE live music scene showed it is alive and well at the weekend when Helstonbury took place in its namesake town, raising money for good causes in the process.
With its name a nod to the massive music festival in Glastonbury, the event showcases bands and singers from the surrounding area.
New for 2014 was the special stage newly built in the garden area, providing shelter should it rain and freeing up some much needed dancefloor space.
A marquee was also erected covering the main areas in case of inclement weather, but luckily the sun shone on Helstonbury throughout.
Organiser Paul Turton said: “It was amazing. There were great bands, and the quality of their playing is always increasing.”
The three day event was held at the Blue Anchor pub in Helston and the music was heartily paired with the pub’s homebrew Spingo.
A large array of acts took to the stages over the weekend, with young performers given the chance to shine on the Friday, with acts such as Black Leaves of Envy and Abigail Louise Turton on acoustic.
On the Saturday, the rock of Even Nine, Riptide and Black on Blue alongside Stone Roots, Crazy Horse and Bobby’s Helmet who all had the crowd pumping with their energetic performances.
On the Sunday, Paul organised a ‘Sunday service’ – a “light-hearted event” held by the RNAS Culdrose Chaplaincy for an hour and a half, including a ‘Helstonbury communion’ where bread was broken with wine and Spingo and attendees could wear their ‘Sunday fest bests’ – suits for the men and summery dresses for the women.
The HMS Seahawk military band and the CuldRoses, the local Military Wives’ choir, performed hymns to kick start the Sunday festival.
This was followed by even more great live music from Ocean Fever, Not the Beatles, Flats and Sharps, the Boneshakin’ Babies and the Grace Notes, to name just some of the variety of bands who all played to a great turnout to bring the festival to a close.
“I felt it could act as bringing the two communities of Helston and Culdrose together,” said Mr Turton, who also wished to dedicate this year’s event in memory of Irene Bawden.
“She was the lady of Helstonbury,” he said.