December 7 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
Organisers of the Sundown Festival have spoken of their delight at how this year’s music spectacular was the biggest and most successful yet.
Thousands of music fans headed to the Norfolk Showground, in Costessey, at the weekend to enjoy the sunshine and the musical line-up which included the likes of JLS, Jessie J, Rita Ora and an array of other acts.
It was the third year the Sundown Festival had taken to the stage.
“It went very well. It was the most successful year so far,” said festival spokesman Dion Clements.
“The acts were superb and a huge amount of people enjoyed themselves.
“We’d like to say thanks to all the festival-goers for making it such a fantastic experience.
“They played a big part in creating the amazing atmosphere.”
He said about 45,000 people came to Sundown this year.
“It was the biggest year yet. We had people coming from Scotland, Birmingham and Wales, all over the country. “The word has definitely spread about Sundown,” Mr Clements said, adding that planning was already under way for the 2014 festival.
“This year was the best yet and we hope to make Sundown even better for next year.”
Meanwhile Norfolk police said eight people were arrested at the event but the “overwhelming majority” of people caused no trouble and the event passed peacefully.
Eight people were arrested over the weekend in connection with assault, drugs and motoring offences while two men were removed from the site for breaching the peace. Police officers also seized several canisters of nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
Chief Inspector Stuart Armes, policing commander for the event, said: “While a number of arrests were made the event passed peacefully with the overwhelming majority of festival-goers enjoying the party atmosphere.
“A number of measures were taken prior to the event, including the release of a crime prevention video on YouTube, to make sure revellers were clued-up on how to stay safe and one step ahead of thieves.
“We also used Twitter during the event to deliver safety messages in a more light-hearted way, many of which seemed to get a positive response from our followers.”
Several items of lost property including phones, jewellery and handbags were handed into police and security throughout the weekend. Anyone who think they may have lost property at the event should call Norfolk police on 01953 423998.