Thousands attend Goldcoast depite wind and rain

Goldcoast Oceanfest 2013

Goldcoast Oceanfest 2013 - Credit: Archant

Wind and rain couldn’t keep revellers away as thousands of people crowded the arena to watch Bastille perform.

A hen party makes its way to the arena at Goldcoast Oceanfest.

A hen party makes its way to the arena at Goldcoast Oceanfest. - Credit: Archant

DESPITE the wind and rain, festival goers turned out in their thousands for this year’s Goldcoast Oceanfest.

The annual event in Croyde saw Gabrielle Aplin and Bastille play to a packed crowd on Saturday night after a day of wet weather.

On Friday, schools took part in beach activities for the education day and headliners Willy Mason and Xavier Rudd performed during a clear evening.

The following day, droves of rain and high winds saw revellers taking shelter away from the main arena.

BMX displays, beach football, volleyball and skate demos took part during the day, with music throughout the afternoon.

As Gabrielle Aplin took to the stage just after 8pm, the rain eased off and thousands of people crowded into the arena.

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Her performance got the crowd moving and was followed by Bastille, who were greeted with cheers after a 20 minute delay.

The crowd danced and sang along during the performance, which included hits Pompeii and Laura Palmer.

They also played covers of the Corona hit Rhythm of the Night and City High’s What Would You Do? which had the crowd roaring.

On Sunday, the Big Boy Paddle Race took place from Saunton to Croyde with more activities underway on the beach.

The festival was brought to a close by headliners Novacane who took to the stage at 6pm.

“We are delighted with the turnout and the positive attitude adopted by all those who attended this year’s GoldCoast Oceanfest in what were testing weather conditions at times,” said Warren Latham, director of Oceanfest.

“The feedback has been hugely upbeat and the sports and music programmes were enjoyed by all.

“We are grateful to all our production team, the police and support services and all those who helped make the 15th consecutive GoldCoast Oceanfest a memorable experience.”

Next year the festival will be held on June 20-22, 2014.

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