GOSPORT’S Waterfront Community Festival got underway last night as 2,500 people gathered for some classic rock music at Walpole Park.
Headlining the first night of the annual event were Girlschool – believed to be the UK’s longest running all-female rock band.
Also taking to the stage from 6pm last night were 1960s pop band Dakotas and popular acts Circle of Reason and Roving Crows.
Organiser Dave Smith said it was their largest turnout on a Friday night ever.
He said: ‘It went very, very well. Every year we go from strength to strength and this year we’ve got another three nights to go.
‘We are all tired but the adrenaline is keeping us going because everything is going so well.’
The four-day event continues from 1pm to 11pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tonight’s top two acts are AC/DC tribute act Thunderstruck and Dr & The Medics of Spirit in the Sky fame. Then on Sunday, festival-goers can enjoy local ska and reggae band Offbeat Offensive, 1960s to ’80s covers seven-piece Hidden Agenda and soul singer Junior.
While Monday welcomes local musical stage star James Hume, Gosport band The Crush and covers band Bubblegum & Cheese. For more information, see gosportfestival.org.uk.