Event Review // POP LIVE @ Cleethorpe’s

As a bit of a last minute plan on Friday night, with the warm weather and all, we decided to attend the family friendly festival, “POP LIVE” at Meridian Showground. We haven’t been before and I’d previously found half price tickets on planet offers so that deal decided it for us.

Getting into Cleethorpe’s was a breeze, parking is free after 6 and it wasn’t too much stress to find a space because luckily the boating lake carpark is quite big, although initially it was a worry as we weren’t sure if we’d get locked in because it states the council carpark closes at 7pm. Thankfully, it didn’t.

As we approached the entrance, no fuss. Showed our tickets, went through a friendly bag check and we were in, no wait at all.

I’ve been to quite a few events at Meridian Showground over the years and I have to say, this layout was the best I’ve seen. They organisers really utilized the space. Other events I’ve attended sometimes looked a bit sparse around the edges of the field but this team have cracked it and managed to capture the essence of a festival vibe at the venue.

All tents except the big blue top were closed off and ready for the adult “The Gathering Fest” on the Saturday. The VIP area was open to all families at “POP LIVE” and there were plenty of photo opportunity backdrops for the kids, with the large deck chairs, faux foliage wall and various festival flags throughout.

The big top housed the main stage (as below) and it wasn’t lacking in impact inside or out. Once the sun went down and the stage lighting could take full effect it was even better. Looking up at the high roof canopy that was printed with stars, the CO2 cannons firing out bursts of smoke that got the crowd excited. Ryan Swain entertained the crowd between acts with his DJ set, games and singing along to tracks over the mic. I’m pretty sure he hosted the stage at one of the first Party In The Pines events in Broughton, but that was a long time ago and he looks very different.

The Main Stage Big Top

We went for a spin on the waltzes and prices for rides were what you would expect these days, coming in at around £4 each.

Drink prices weren’t too bad, but we stuck to soft drinks which were £2 a can. Taking your own food or drink was not permitted, which is expected when there are food vendors around the arena.

Overall the festival was very safe for kids and families, a lot of the kids were just running around playing with friends outside. It was very well organised with great sound, lighting and set up. The 90’s and 00’s Pop stars made themselves available after sets for photos with fans. As we didn’t make it there for the start we did miss a few of the tribute acts but made it in the big top for a bit of Gareth Gates. Atomic Kitten, Tinchy Strider and the final act of the evening S Club All Stars. I was never a fan of any of the acts other than S Club but none the less, really enjoyed the concert and the acts did a great job at entertaining the crowd.

Gareth Gates
S Club Allstars

It was a great atmosphere and a good chance to introduce children and teens to a festival type experience. I’d highly recommend giving it a go next year with the family and we look forward to which acts will dawn the stage next time.

Published by Scunthorpe Nights

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