THE rains came but nothing could dampen the mood of the thousands of festival-goers that descended on Mid Cheshire at the weekend.
More than 5,000 fans braved the mud and stormy conditions at Whatfest and witnessed a hugely successful fun-filled three-day music extravaganza.
Friday saw 90s indie band Dodgy bring an enjoyable first day’s entertainment to a close which featured performances by Mid Cheshire College students and battle-of-the-bands competition winners Thought Explode.
Saturday, the bar was raised further still with Northwich headliners The Shallow Call drawing a large energetic following on the main Valley Stage while Eskimo Smile rocked out the Riverside Tent for what was their final live performance.
Sunday’s deluge meant numbers were reduced but the return of Britpop household names The Bluetones made sure proceedings ended on a high note.
Whatfest organiser Simon Bennett said that everyone connected with Mid Cheshire’s biggest live music festival could be proud of their weekend’s efforts.
“We can be very proud. Mother nature threw everything at us but everyone still had a great time,” he said.
“The atmosphere on Saturday was very special and we think there was about 3,000 there at the end. And Sunday was just awesome.
“There are a lot of people to thank for their huge efforts but it was such a shame that the rain came when it did.
“We woke up on Monday and the weather is absolutely glorious. It almost rips your heart out but I’m glad so many people made the effort to come down.”