Richmond Hill festival streets ahead

Kathryn Kimberley

RICHMOND Hill in Port Elizabeth transformed into a colourful hive of music, dance and good food at the weekend.

An estimated 25000 people flocked to the Richmond Hill Street Music Festival on Saturday.

In its third year, this year’s turnout was more than double that of last year.

Organisers had initially estimated an attendance of about 15000.

One of the organisers, Darren Mungur, said he was ecstatic at the turnout, which included people from all walks of life. “It was really a mixed bag of attendees and the artist choices and quality of music were top notch,” he said.

Although 20 artists from all over the country performed, crowd favourites were local lads Stuart Reece Band and Down By Law.

Restaurants and pubs along Stanley and Mackay streets, which had been blocked off for foot traffic, were jam-packed between 10am and 10pm.

There were about 20 food and craft stalls, up from five the previous year.

Clarissa Venter, 28, of Cradock, who attended the festival for the first time, said the atmosphere was spectacular.

“It is amazing how Richmond Hill has transformed over the years and the turnout at the festival proves it will continue to evolve.”

She said she and her friends would definitely be back next year.

The festival is hosted by the Alliance Francaise and is managed by Soul Good.

Mungur, of Soul Good, said he had already received calls for the festival to be held biannually.

But for now, he said revellers would have to wait until next June for a festival which he promised would be even bigger and better than before.

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