The Reet Good Festival 2019 – A huge success!
The Reet Good Fest returned for 2019 and it was a huge success, raising over £22,500 for Wigan Youth Zone!
The Festival kicked off with the 80’s evening on Thursday night – a lively, fun and authentic 80’s night, jam packed with 80’s classics.
Friday saw the sponsor’s afternoon take place, which was an afternoon exclusively for sponsors to enjoy, as a thank you for their continued support. The sun was shining and the drinks were flowing, and a great afternoon was had by all. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, especially to Watson Laurie, the headline sponsors, and to Network Space, Lowri Beck and Allcom who were the associate sponsors.
But the fun didn’t stop there: the music, drinks, excitement and enjoyment continued well into the night, with a headline set from Ultimate 40, a fantastic UB40 tribute band! Friday evening also saw a performance from The Blues Engine, a 4-piece rhythm and blues band led by the fabulous vocalist Dawn Vickers.
Into the weekend, and Saturday began with the ever-popular Bavarian afternoon. Drinks were raised to live music from the Umpah Band, The Blue Barrons. The sun continued to shine and there was a real Oktoberfest feel to the afternoon.
The weather held out for the day and it was a nice, mild evening, perfect for the Soul & Motown Party! The Saturday evening kicked off with a set from Hamilton Browne, a Lionel Richie Tribute act. The crowd loved it and the dancefloor was packed as classics such as ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ and ‘My Destiny’ filled the tent.
Hamilton Browne was followed by The Sapphires, one of the Reet Good Festival favourites! The dancefloor remained full with people dancing away, smiling and laughing to all the classic Motown hits, from Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin.
The fun of the festival came to a close on Sunday afternoon, with the festival’s Family Afternoon in partnership with the Youth Zone. There was a special performance from Pemberton Old DW Band, along with a range of family activities including a bouncy slide, games, face painting and a magician. Plenty of fun was certainly had by all, and there were also some special performances from a couple of our Youth Zone members!
Overall, the Reet Good Festival was a huge success and raised much-needed funds for us here at the Youth Zone, to allow us to continue providing our services to the young people of Wigan!
Once again, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, including our Headline Sponsor, Watson Laurie, and our Associate Sponsors Lowri Beck, Allcom UK Ltd, and Network Space. We would also like to thank David Burgess the Magician, Anne Hurcombe of Wigan Pier Promotions for providing the fabulous acts, Derby House Catering Ltd. for providing the delicious food, Kingdom Security and all the breweries that provided the all-important beer! We would also like to thank all of the acts that performed during the festival!
Finally, we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who came along to the festival as without your support, the event would not have been such a huge success and we would not have raised the funds that we did. The money raised will allow us to continue our offer to young people across Wigan, giving them the opportunity to meet friends, have new experiences, learn new skills and access the support they need to develop and achieve their potential.