AROUND 2,500 people packed out Walpole Park for the first day of GosFest 2013.
Last night saw six bands take to the stage, with Mickey Finn’s T-Rex as headliners.
Other artists that performed included Toxic Shock, The Stereotypes and Thunderstruck.
The four-day event in Gosport is organised by Dave Smith.
He said: ‘The first night went well, we had about 2,500 people come along.
‘It’s such a community event – that’s what it’s all about.
‘We had kids running around with glow sticks, youngsters dancing in the early evening and then mums and dads at the end.
‘It’s still the Waterfront Community Festival but it’s called GosFest now to appeal to younger people.
‘I know the people of Gosport are proud to support the festival.’
Around 40 bands will play over the bank holiday.
And headlining tomorrow are The Hoosiers, whose biggest hit was Worried About Ray.
‘I think we’ll be closing doors early on Sunday,’ added Mr Smith.
‘The Hoosiers are very popular and we will reach our 5,000 capacity very quickly.’
Entrance is £1 for adults between 1pm and 4.30pm, and £2 between 4.30pm and 11pm.
It is £1 for youngsters aged between ﬁve and 12.
An all-weekend pass can be bought for £10 online but there are a limited number.
The pass allows unlimited entry and re-entry to the festival.
All children aged under ﬁve will be allowed in free.
There are fairground rides at the event, along with refreshment stands.
See gosportfestival.org.uk for more information and to buy tickets.