THOUSANDS of revellers, young and old, hit Gosport to see Toploader last night as the Waterfront Festival was hailed a great success.
The popular band, best known for the hit Dancing in the Moonlight, sent crowds roaring at the finale of the three-day live music festival in Walpole Park.
Just before going on stage Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave said: ‘It’s looking like a really good crowd out there, and it’s a great way to end the weekend. It’s great to be back after a six-year break with new material.’
The band are promoting their new album called Only Human.
Also in the line-up were the Chas Hodges Band, T-Rex, Vox Pop, Purple Monkey, a Michael Jackson tribute, Superfly and many more, bringing more than 13,000 people to the park over the weekend.
Among the crowd was Dave Parton, 60, of Jellicoe Avenue, Alverstoke. He said: ‘It’s been really good, all the bands have been brilliant. It’s great to have something like this going on in Gosport because it’s exactly what the people who live here want, and it bring in a lot of people in from other areas.’
After a rocky start to the festival with a faulty PA system, organisers worked through Friday night to completely replace the system which was in full working order by Saturday.
Doubts were cast over the annual gathering’s future after Gosport Borough Council axed its £30,000 funding earlier this year.
But thanks to help from businesses and a loan from the council the event went ahead.
One of the organisers, Cllr Dave Smith said: ‘We’re pleased with how well it’s gone. It’s been a lot of hard work and tiring but when you see at all the families out there enjoying themselves it makes it worthwhile.’