Battered by rain - but in fine spirits all the same – more than 1,000 rain-soaked revellers enjoyed a day of top cultural offerings at the weekend.
Sunday’s free Emerge Festival and the coinciding Open Day at Shipley Country Park saw a host of performers brave the conditions from African drummers to Chinese Dragon dancers.
But Liverpool-based ‘alternative soul’ singer KOF, tipped for award success, was worth braving the weather for, according to tourism and culture co-ordinator Joanne Bamford, from Amber Valley Borough Council.
She said: “The performers were fantastic; everyone that watched them seemed to have a really great time.
“KOF was excellent, it was wonderful to see such a good quality artist here in the area.”
A lorry and an acoustic stage played host to the area’s top young musical talent.
The event, which also saw a rides and musical workshops for youngsters, was hosted by Derbyshire County Council and organised by Belper’s Fleet Arts’ Turn It Up music project, on behalf of the borough council.