Moonfest is a massive hit

Skinny Lizard entertained the crowds

Skinny Lizard entertained the crowds

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Revellers descended on Kendal for a two-day music festival.

Moonfest welcomed the largest crowd in its seven year history as 3,800 people danced the weekend away at Kendal Rugby Club.

It was the first time the festival had taken place over two days.

The festival is designed to showcase the best Kendal-based talent and raise money for local charities.

Created by Craig Hine after a tragic rugby accident left his friend, Wayne Broadley, paralysed, Moonfest is more popular than ever.

More than 40 local acts played throughout the weekend on either the dance, acoustic or main stages.

There were stand-out performances from well-established DJs such as Andy Hackney and Haz Money but the most memorable show was delivered by ten-year-old DJ Lewis B.

It must be the first time a primary school student has DJ’d at a music festival, but according to event organiser Craig, “he absolutely smashed it”.

Craig said: “It’s a real family festival. There’s even a children’s section with a nursery that has arts and crafts workshops.

“We have got loads of talented young performers in the area, like Lewis B, and second year college students from Kendal College.

“We’re already talking to people about doing a weekend event next year.”

Although the profits have yet to be counted, organisers are hoping to raise thousands for the Wayne Broadley Trust Fund, The Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

However, there were a few minor incidents that marred the festivities.

One 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of GBH after a 16 year old suffered non-life threatening facial injuries.

Tim Nobes, of Finley Close, said loud music blaring away until 3:15am on Sunday ‘tarnished’ the festival, claiming Kendal Rugby Club lacked enough security to control the crowds.

Craig said: “We have more than the minimum number of security guards required and we were very pleased with the security at the event.

“It’s a family festival and we want to make sure it’s a safe environment.”

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