Festival’s cash hunt

Jungle Lion performing at the Mosborough Music Festival

Jungle Lion performing at the Mosborough Music Festival

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The organiser of the Mosborough Music Festival is looking ahead to next year - but is appealing for financial support to keep it going.

Despite heavy rain in the morning, a record crowd of 1,720 turned out last Saturday on the site of the old Westfield School.

Fans enjoying the mud n music at Mosborough

Fans enjoying the mud n music at Mosborough

“It was absolutely brilliant,” said Steve Cowen, director of Lane Events Ltd.

“I got my money back because it was successful, but it was a gamble.

“I’ll move heaven and earth to keep it going, but I’ve got to get some help. I want to get more sponsorship, more local companies on board.”

The event’s origins are in a charity fundraiser five years ago at Mosborough Miners’ Welfare Club in memory of Steve’s friend and musician Mark Thorley.

Now the festival has generated more than £25,000 for charity, and a donation will be made this year to St Luke’s Hospice.

The latest line-up featured The Farm, The Twang, Lucy Spraggan, Marquis Drive, Jungle Lion, Connie Talbot and local bands The Sherlocks, Polkadodge, Sabella, Soul Fire Saints and Sour Cherry.

The attendance was higher than last year’s record of 1,400 for Reverend and the Makers.

“People had a whale of a time,” said Steve. “There was a good atmosphere and there was no trouble.

“Obviously we got the rain early on, and it was very sludgy, but the sun came out later and it was red hot.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t have got another 300 through the doors, and we probably would have done if it had not teemed down.”

Steve, who is helped by a team of dedicated volunteers, said he loved doing the event, “but I can’t risk my livelihood.

“I’ll move heaven and earth to keep it going, but I’ve got to get some help.”