DESPITE one of the wettest weeks in recent months, the Blue Sky Festival 2019 drew even larger numbers to Corsham than previous years.

Bookings to hear comedian and children’s author David Baddiel discuss his new book ‘Head Kid’ were sold out; an extra rows of seating had to be added to The Pound auditorium to allow capacity for world-record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo’s performance; and the preview of Jo Taylor and Anya Beaumont’s show Flourish was packed.

Music fans were not disappointed with ‘The Brass Funkeys’ epic performance, or John Osborne’s solo show ‘John Peel’s Shed’. For music fans looking for something more intimate, ‘Folk in a Box’ brought tears of joy and emotion: one of the most popular events at the Festival.

The rain couldn’t stop the ‘silent disco’ boppers with headphones from having fun – much to the amusement of passers-by. Once the sun began to shine The Pound’s ‘In Session’ stage in Corsham’s Martingate Centre came alive to the sound of new and upcoming bands, including: The Hot Club of Wiltshire; Amber Dee; Broken Bones Matilda; Isobel Holly and The Pound’s own resident musician, Lewis Clark.

With Dad Dancing and Drawing with Dad unapologetically providing time for father-child bonding, as well as more silent disco, The Pound was packed with young families all day. Vibrant, loving and full of fun and energy. That’s what the Blue Sky Festival is all about.