An enormous crowd of 12,000 people flocked through the gates of Victoria Park to celebrate Create Music Festival’s special 21st birthday bash on Saturday 23rd July. 

Festival goers made the most of the glorious sunshine and got into the summer spirit as they saw a host of local bands and headline acts across four stages throughout the day. 

Headlining the Ashford College Main Stage was David Live, who got crowds singing along to a number of Bowie’s most popular hits, including Let’s Dance, Heroes and Life on Mars, finishing off with the an epic performance of Space Oddity.

This was followed by a special firework finale around the fountain to commemorate the 175th birthday of Mr Harper, the man who kindly gifted the fountain to the park in 1912, which was organised by Brighton-based arts company SameSky.    

Meanwhile on the other stages, Gentlemen of Few brought their American bluegrass sound to the festival as they headlined the Revelation Stage, and Charley Monroe entertained the Fountain Stage crowd with her impressive vocals and stunning covers. 

The DJ stage saw a number of Radio Ashford DJs bring the party vibe and getting the crowds dancing throughout the day.

Ashford Borough Council’s Arts and Cultural Industries Manager, and Create organiser Chris Dixon said: 

"Create 2016 has been amazing, and the people of Ashford really took the centre stage at this one.

Many people have come forward and said that this has been the best Create that they have been to, which is encouraging to hear! People really believe in Create and understand it's a growing entity. We have been working so hard to make this event something that everyone can be proud of, introducing a lot of new elements such as the Loveashford zone, Chapel Down Bar and the Fountain Stage, and we need to keep building and meeting our audiences’ expectations."

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