Steelhouse celebrated its seventh year at the top of the Mountain this year. From a small festival which packed everyone into the space that is covered just by the arena when it started, it welcomed an alleged 17,000 people in 2017.
The whole weekend was dominated by the weather (and Bernie Marsden) but that didn’t put off many of the punters who made their way up the dirt track to heaven on Friday afternoon.
The rain didn’t stop play or Hand of Dimes who performed a number of their own tunes and when they were joined by Mr Marsden, a handful of Whitesnake covers that had those cowering in the beer tent singing along at the top of their voices.
Fuel Rock Club provided the after party tunes and that included a first dance for a couple who had married that day after meeting on the mountain four years previously.
I had hoped that the Steelhouse gods would smile on us for Saturday and thankfully they sort of did, the wind had dropped and the rain managed to hold off for a while. Bernie Marsden made his second appearance of the weekend with an acoustic set and as the rain set in again, Skindred took to the stage with the ever magnificent Benji Webbe giving everything despite the conditions.
The weather cut my Sunday short. I wasn’t able to enjoy the day as the whole weekend had beaten me and my mind really wasn’t on the day. I did get to the arena and saw Hand of Dimes and Bernie Marsden (making his third appearance) stand in for King King who pulled out because of illness.
Essentially, this remains the UK’s very best value festival. The organisers have kept the costs down and have provided another excellent line-up.
Tickets are now on sale at Steelhouse website for next year.