The sunshine held and the crowds turned out in force to enjoy 2018’s Supersonic Boom youth festival (Wednesday 15 August) in which organisers think could be one of the busiest ones yet.
South Leicestershire's largest youth festival, now in its fifteenth year, included scores of assembled stalls, a wide range of activities, community groups and of course the all-important live music on the main central stage. This mix of fun, food, activities and local performing talent meant the day attracted visitors from all age ranges right throughout the afternoon.
After the setting up of stalls and stages a real family-friendly feel took over South Wigston’s Blaby Road Park, with at times glorious sunshine peeking out from behind some blustery clouds. The weather held out and this helped to create a great afternoon, on what is thought to be one of the busiest and best Supersonic Booms yet.
A total of twelve acts performed throughout the day, all were warmly received by the watching audience and whole family groups who were soaking up the tunes and festival atmosphere.
One such family group relaxing by the stage included local resident Amy O' Neil from Wigston who said: "It's been a lovely day as there are so many things for the children to do and is especially nice to be able to listen and watch all the live music."
It was not only the visitors who were having a good time - but many community and charity groups were in attendance looking to raise money and awareness for a variety of great local causes. Amy Paynton who was running a tombola stall to help raise money for The Neighbour Hub project based in Wigston said: "I have loved the atmosphere today and it has been a great event to help us collect much needed money for our community group."
Mark Smith, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council’s Community Safety & Youth Coordinator and festival organiser said: “It has been great day and an amazing atmosphere once again. The weather was fantastic after a bit of a grey start, but the early feedback indicates it could be one of the best and busiest Supersonic Boom's we have put on.
"All of the performers and stall holders really pulled together this year to give Supersonic Boom the look and feel of a youth festival, with a fantastic mix of entertainment that held the crowds right until close.
“From myself, and on behalf of all the staff and volunteers at the Youth Council, I would like to thank all the residents that came out to support us and am glad they had a good time.
"It is this atmosphere that makes it a true reflection of the great community spirit we have in Oadby and Wigston and we are already looking at idea's to make next year's event even better!"
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