Phoenix Festival 2017

THE Phoenix Festival in Cirencester celebrated its fifth anniversary in style, as thousands of music lovers streamed into the Abbey Grounds over the weekend to enjoy the event in glorious sunshine.

The free music festival, which took place last Saturday and Sunday, is organised by volunteers and is the brainchild of the Ozone Youth Club, which came up with the idea in 2012.

The event featured two stages, an open mic platform, a performers’ arena, children’s entertainment and numerous food and drink stalls to satisfy every taste.

Festival organiser Glen Moreman described this year’s event as being “very very successful”.

He said: “We’ve made it the most successful event ever.

“It was a record breaking year, we had almost 17,000 people on site.

“It was a slightly new format that we tried this year with two stages outside.

“It’s a big community thing. Everybody here does this voluntarily, even artists performing don’t get paid.

“It’s by the town for the town and that’s the key to it.”

If anyone would like to volunteer for next year’s festival, email info@phoenix-festival.co.uk