I was delighted to see the Alnwick Pastures concert back at the weekend – and to see that Simple Minds are still Alive and Kicking!
Around 5,500 revellers braved the high winds and, at times, horizontal rain to rock to some big sounds of the ’80s.
It brought back some happy memories for me and, I guess, many others in the audience, judging by the way they were leaping around.
The event did not happen last year after the huge Jessie J crowd trampled the field into a quagmire in 2012 and it was left to recover.
But it was back with a bang on Saturday, admittedly with a smaller crowd, but with the same party atmosphere.
The series of concerts stretching back to 2006, when Jools Holland was the first act, have provided a massive boost to businesses in the area, particularly accommodation providers, although I suspect welly-sellers and cagoule outlets have done rather well for themselves over the years!
And this year was no exception.
There was barely a room to be had within 30 miles of Alnwick on Saturday night.
From what I have heard, bars and cafés experienced a lift over the weekend and it was good to see the town busy on Sunday, even if most of the shops were closed (but that is another matter).
Outdoor concerts are becoming increasingly difficult to stage, with the weather getting ever more unreliable, health and safety rules becoming more stringent and therefore insurance costs rocketing, and stars demanding ever higher fees.
Great credit must go to the promoters KAL Music who have put on a superb show every year in some pretty testing conditions. It is important that we support events like this if we want them to return.
So, if there is to be a concert next year, who will follow in the footsteps of Jools, ABC, Toyah, Midge Ure, Status Quo, 10cc, Marc Almond, Belinda Carlisle, Go West, Nick Heyward (of Haircut 100) and Jessie J, among others who have graced the spectacular Pastures setting?
I would be interested to hear who you think should be invited along. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for headline artists.