Rogate music festival boosts Oxfam funds

fundraising fairies Emma Silvester, Esther Rayson and Naomi Wood.
fundraising fairies Emma Silvester, Esther Rayson and Naomi Wood.

BY THE time they got to Rogate they were 600 strong – and the Petersfield area’s newest music festival was born.

Seven bands and four solo acts took part in the first Gate Festival on Sunday, and raised more than £1,000 for Oxfam.

The event was the brainchild of Kev Osman whose band The Wide Eyes were among the performers. Around 600 people gathered for the event on land next to the White Horse Inn.

He said: “At first we were thinking of a fairly small scale event, but it snowballed and we ended up with 11 acts performing over nine hours. It was brilliant – there was lots of variety and different genres.”

The event also raised £200 for Rogate village hall, with some festivalgoers opting to camp on the recreation ground next to the hall.

Kev said the idea of a festival came to him when he was thinking of ways to get sponsors for the Oxfam Trailwalker event which he will be tackling next month. The 100-kilometre trek from Petersfield to Brighton will take place on July 16 and 17. It is expected the Gate Festival will be held again next year and any performers interested in taking part should go to the website www.thegatefest.co.uk