Penn Street came alive with music over the weekend as a record breaking 10,000 people enjoyed live performances on Saturday at the fifth annual PennFest.  

The three-day family friendly extravaganza, which saw almost 20,000 people pass through the gates, kicked off on Friday with performances from Scouting for Girls and The Feeling.

An afternoon of feel-good pop rock left festival-goers in high spirits, and the bands seemed to enjoy it just as much – The Feeling took to Instagram to thank the ‘lovely people’ of PennFest and Scouting for Girls said: “@PennFestival You were amazing!!!”

The glorious weather held out on Saturday as 10,000 people gathered at the main stage in The Big Park to watch headline acts The Hoosiers, The Fratellis, Razorlight and the Happy Mondays.

The Hoosiers took to the stage at around 4.30pm and had the audience dancing along to classics like ‘Worried about Ray’, ‘Choices’ and ‘Cops and Robbers’ as well as some catchy tracks from their new EP.  

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Glaswegian rock band The Fratellis rocked the crowds with the likes of ‘Whistle for the Choir’ and ‘Henrietta’ as well as some of their newer songs like ‘She's Not Gone Yet but She's Leaving’ and ‘Me and the Devil’. Predictably, the crowd went crazy when they performed their classic hit ‘Chelsea Dagger’.

Razorlight were the penultimate act on the main stage. Sporting an interesting moustache, front man Johnny Borrell led the band through a set including ‘America’ ‘In the Morning’ and ‘Somewhere Else’. They also performed their first ever single, ‘Rock n Roll Lies’ and fan favourite ‘Don’t Go Back to Dalston’.

The Happy Mondays stole the show with an incredible performance to round off another amazing day of live music.

Despite Shaun slightly losing his voice, he managed to pump out tunes like ’24 Hour Party People’ ‘Performance’ ‘Kinky Afro’ and Step On’, to the audience’s delight. Of course, Bez kept the audience entertained with his funky dancing and maraca shaking. Their high-energy performance had everyone, young and old, bouncing along.

Sunday was an even more family-orientated day, with performances from the likes of Peter Andre, Union J and Jack Pack.

Before taking to the stage, Jack Pack tweeted their excitement, and said afterwards that it was a “pleasure performing for you all.” The band played some tracks off their new self-titled debut album and garnered some new fans in the process.

Singer songwriter Rebecca Ferguson wowed the crowds with her soulful voice and Union J performed all their classic pop tunes and had the audience singing along.

Peter Andre enjoyed the buzz of the crowd, telling his Instagram followers “Absolutely loved being on stage last night at Penn festival.”