Rising stars take to the stage

Parasight were one of the groups to perform on the stage.
Parasight were one of the groups to perform on the stage.

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 who 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, including two Ripley bands Route 64 and Parasight.

The event, which also saw a plethora of 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.