VIDEO: A damp start, but first Diss MereFest is just the beginning

The Glastonbury music festival is famed for its rainy days and mud almost as much as its music.

Organisers of the very first Diss MereFest music festival on Diss Park were faced with persistent downpours the whole day, but their enthusiasm for the event has not been dampened.

Purple Jimi at MereFest Diss ANL-140826-155754001

Purple Jimi at MereFest Diss ANL-140826-155754001

Held on Bank Holiday Monday, the idea behind the event was to put on a free music festival for the public to enjoy and to help fill a gap in the entertainment calendar for the town.

Oliver Pilsbury-Gaunt, who is also a Diss Town Councillor, Joe Aiken and Chris Moyse of Diss radio station Park Radio, helped bring the event together, and plans for 2015 are already underway.

There were eight musical acts, food, stalls and Dan Magness, a ‘football freestyler’ who is an expert at ‘keepie uppies.’

Mr Pilsbury-Gaunt said: “While it was disheartening to see it rain, we had a great day and there was a good turnout.

“This is just the start. Next year’s organising will start early.

“It is something for people to enjoy, for free. We put our own money into holding the event, and we really enjoyed it.”

Mr Magness is a multiple Guinness world record holder, has performed for royalty, celebrities and has also filmed commercials.

The event was rounded off by local rockers Walkway, pulling in a crowd of about 200. They were fresh from supporting Status Quo at Holkham Hall in Norfolk on Saturday.

Mr Pilsbury-Gaunt thanked everyone who helped, including Walkway for playing for no fee and Joe Aiken who worked hard to keep the event on track.