WV1 Fest gets West Park rocking again – with PICTURES and VIDEO

By Luke Bartlett | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

It has gone from strength to strength since its beginning three years ago and this year remains no exception.

WV1 Fest at Wolverhampton's West Park

Around 7,500 people turned out to West Park in Wolverhampton for the first day of the weekend-long WV1 Fest.

Scores of tribute acts played at the free music festival with around 40 live bands entertaining fans across two stages.

Lead organisers said that crowds came in from all across the country and that the event had been 'growing every year'.

Jules Taylor, from Manchester, organiser of WV1 Fest, said: "It is growing every year and getting really popular.

"We have got people coming from all over the country to come to it. They are not all coming from Wolverhampton, they are coming from far afield.

"We have been doing these type of events for seven years. We started them in Manchester and then started to take them on the road.

"We came down to Wolves because a lot of the bands that do our festivals are from Wolves and a lot of them also come out of Birmingham in general.


Watch highlights from this year's festival

WV1 Fest 2018

"We came down and had a look, obviously spoke to the council about this park. It is one of the best parks we do in terms of the structure of it and how organic it is. It is a lovely park.

"We started it three years ago and it just took off. We are using Facebook and the web to promote it but it has just gone really well.


"We are used to it by now but the turnout is great. It is brilliant to see it and see everyone coming out and enjoying it.

"It is obviously testament to what we do because they obviously like it and are happy to come here and enjoy it."

During the festival fans went wild for a whole host of tribute acts – including Guns or Roses, Green Days, Mentallica, Supreme Queen and The Happy Mondaze.

Luke Bartlett

By Luke Bartlett
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