THE biggest children’s music festival in the country got bigger at the weekend as crowds flooded through the gates to catch a glimpse of pop stars and tribute acts.
Kidfest 2015 proved to be the biggest edition of the show yet, with Hawcoat Park in Barrow packed with hundreds of families enjoying the busy schedule of entertainment and sunshine.
Tribute acts for the likes of Michael Jackson, One Direction and Rita Ora wowed scores of families when they took to the main stage on Sunday.
Children enjoyed fun activities, fairground rides and stalls throughout the day on what proved to be a beautiful day in the sun.
Lisa Hart, who performed as Lisa Gaga and is the driving force behind the Barrow festival every year, said the event was all about bringing the whole community together, with many tickets given out to families who might otherwise struggle to attend.
She said: “Kidfest is all about having one great family day to look forward to each year for Barrow.
“As we sold over 1,000 tickets this year I was able to give a further 1,000 away to groups, schools and deserving families who wouldn’t have been able to afford to go this year.
“I don’t want that to ever stop.”
The last two editions of Kidfest have attracted some high-profile names, including former X Factor contestants Amelia Lily, Paul Akister and Luke Friend, as well as Lareena Mitchell, who reached the battle rounds on The Voice UK in 2013.
Planning for next year’s Kidfest can now begin, with organisers tasked with topping the successful 2015 event.
Kerry Thompson, from Barrow, enjoyed Sunday’s show with her family.
She said: “We had the most amazing day.
“The acts were fantastic, the crowd was amazing.
“This is a huge event for Barrow and raises some much needed funds for our local charities.
“The work and dedication that goes into this day is outstanding.
“Lisa Hart should be given a medal. We can’t wait for next year as each year she always goes higher than we could of expected.”