Snow Control were among the acts performing on the first night of Newark Festival 2017 160617DC1-13
Snow Control were among the acts performing on the first night of Newark Festival 2017 160617DC1-13

Hundreds of people gathered at Riverside Park on Friday night for the curtain raiser to Newark Festival 2017.

Riverside Rocks featured tribute acts to Oasis, Kasabian, Snow Patrol and Stereophonics - Oashish, Kazabian, Snow Control and Stereotonics.

Just like the bands they emulate, each proved to be a hit with the crowd in what was a lively and action-packed first night.

Stereotonics 160617DC1-6
Stereotonics 160617DC1-6

Among the appreciative crowd was Linsey Duffy, of Newark, with her children Myla, 6, and Luca, 4, who were experiencing live music for the first time.

"I like my Indie music," said Linsey.

Linsey Duffy with her children Luca, 4, and Myla, 6. 160617DC1-3
Linsey Duffy with her children Luca, 4, and Myla, 6. 160617DC1-3

"It is also a first festival for the children and I'm hoping they get into it, but knowing my lot they'll probably get into Techno!"

"Tonight is a great way for them to experience live music and hopefully get them into their festivals."

The Willis and Clay families from Balderton 160617DC1-2
The Willis and Clay families from Balderton 160617DC1-2

Lindsey Willis, from Balderton, said: "We come every year.

"It's great for the kids and it's a really good atmosphere with good music."

Kate and Matthew Fraser (left and far right) and Theresa and Marcus Rontree (centre) from Newark. 160616DC1-16
Kate and Matthew Fraser (left and far right) and Theresa and Marcus Rontree (centre) from Newark. 160616DC1-16

The festival continues today with performances by Fleur East, The Original Wailers, Level 42 and UB40 - featuring Ali Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Astro.

Kirstie Goodband, Steven Jaye, Daniel Bird and Jennie Peck, from Newark.
Kirstie Goodband, Steven Jaye, Daniel Bird and Jennie Peck, from Newark.