Thousands flock to sun-soaked Goldcoast Oceanfest

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Monday, June 23, 2014
12:09 PM

Festival-goers revel in perfect weekend weather as Newton Faulkner gets crowds jumping

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THOUSANDS of festival-goers made the most of perfect weather at this weekend’s Goldcoast Oceanfest.

The annual event in Croyde saw Newton Faulkner and Nina Nesbitt play to big crowds on a sun-drenched Saturday evening.

Things kicked off on Friday with a beach safety education day for North Devon school pupils, including presentations by local surf celebrity Andrew Cotton.

The first day was rounded off with a performance by Goldcoast favourite Natty.

People continued to flock to the festival on Saturday, with a number of beach events keeping the crowds entertained.

In the arena, BMX displays from the Animal WD-40 Action sports tour drew big crowds, as top extreme sports athletes wowed with huge tricks.

The music continued throughout the day, with the likes of Chloe Howl and King Charles warming up the crowd for the weekend’s headliners.

At 8pm, Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt saw the swelling crowd dancing and singing along to hits including ‘Stay Out’ and ‘Selfies’.

Next up was Newton Faulkner, who was greeted by massive cheers as he reeled off hits such as ‘Dream Catch Me’ and ‘Clouds’, as well as covers of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Like I Love You’.

On Sunday, the Big Boy paddle race took place from Saunton to Croyde with more activities taking place on the beach.

There was music throughout the afternoon, including headliner Hudson Taylor at 2pm, before a big ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ clean up at 7.30pm.

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