Meadows Festival enjoys record-breaking turnout

Daniel Pospiech, seven, joins in the fun with Ivan Harper and Imogen Ross from The Yard. Picture: Greg Macvean
Daniel Pospiech, seven, joins in the fun with Ivan Harper and Imogen Ross from The Yard. Picture: Greg Macvean
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THE Meadows Festival enjoyed a record-breaking turnout, according to community leaders.

The claim came as revellers and musicians basked in warm sunshine for much of the weekend gathering, with temperatures nudging the high teens yesterday.

Stephen and Fiona Noble with kids Isla (3) and Flora (1). Picture: Greg Macvean

Stephen and Fiona Noble with kids Isla (3) and Flora (1). Picture: Greg Macvean

Tinderbox Orchestra, Censored Junk and Malavoi were among acts taking to three stages over Saturday and Sunday, in a fresh sign of the Capital’s burgeoning live music scene.

Organisers also highlighted the wide array of other activities and entertainment, including a children’s area and stalls selling objects such as antiques, crafts, clothing and fairtrade products.

Volunteer-run and free, the Meadows Festival is rapidly emerging as one of leading events in Edinburgh’s cultural calendar.

Last year saw more than 25,000 people turn out for the jamboree.

Dayton Dove and son Rowan (7). Picture: Greg Macvean

Dayton Dove and son Rowan (7). Picture: Greg Macvean

And resident representatives said they were confident that the 2016 attendance figures would be confirmed as the best yet.

Heather Goodare, convener of Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, said: “It looks as if there has been a record turnout – I am sure that they have had far more people this year than last year, and we have increased our own membership as a result.

“The Meadows Festival is a great community occasion. It provides a very good platform for community groups, the local community councils and organisations such as Friends of the Meadows. It’s an opportunity for community groups to get together and show what they have achieved.”

She also urged those who come to the Meadows to use the green space responsibly.

James and Nicola Mothersole with kids Lewis (6, left) and Liam (8, right) and Lyla (1, middle). Picture: Greg Macvean

James and Nicola Mothersole with kids Lewis (6, left) and Liam (8, right) and Lyla (1, middle). Picture: Greg Macvean

“We’re concentrating on making sure that the message gets through about using barbecues on the grass and the damage this can do,” she added. “People really do not even notice the label on the box.”

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Julie Molina with Lola (8, left) and Tilly (7, right). Picture: Greg Macvean

Julie Molina with Lola (8, left) and Tilly (7, right). Picture: Greg Macvean

Hannah Wood, Lewis Rutherford (3), Lily Scarlett Duncan (6), Ailsa Nicol. Picture: Greg Macvean

Hannah Wood, Lewis Rutherford (3), Lily Scarlett Duncan (6), Ailsa Nicol. Picture: Greg Macvean

Helen and James Gubbins with kids Hanna (2.5) and Lewis (1). Picture: Greg Macvean

Helen and James Gubbins with kids Hanna (2.5) and Lewis (1). Picture: Greg Macvean

Holly Rareshad, Jem Jamieson, Pawz, Amy Mole from Edinburgh Capital cheerleaders. Picture: Greg Macvean

Holly Rareshad, Jem Jamieson, Pawz, Amy Mole from Edinburgh Capital cheerleaders. Picture: Greg Macvean

Jacek and Marta Wroblewski with Lonia (2). Picture: Greg Macvean

Jacek and Marta Wroblewski with Lonia (2). Picture: Greg Macvean