Ollie Fest 2018 was yet again a huge success, attracting crowds of locals and visitors to the town for a festival of music which lasted three days. However, for many the Festival highlight is the annual Forest versus Ross rugby match which took place in poor weather on Sunday.
Ollie Fest was set up in 2015 in memory of Ollie Floyd, who died in March of the same year, and the event has grown significantly year-on-year.
For the second year running, Ollie Fest was held over the three consecutive days of the August Bank Holiday weekend at the Greytree home of Ross Rugby Club. The event’s growing reputation brought thousands of visitors from far and wide.
Highlights of the musical entertainment included tribute acts featuring Dolly Parton, Robbie Williams, UB40, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.
Gavin Oates, one of the Ollie Fest organisers, who also played in the rugby match, thanked everyone who attended or supported the event, especially those who sponsored acts or contributed to the bucket collections at this free festival. He said: “We’re already planning for an even bigger and better event for next year.”