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Buckle and Boots 2018: Friday Night

Friday night has quite a reputation for fun, just think of “Friyay”,  “TGIF” and the song “Friday Night” from Eric Paslay. The opening night of Buckle and Boots 2018 didn’t leave us disappointed.

The evening’s entertainment kicked off with a talent-rich “in the round” featuring Hayley Jensen, who had travelled from Australia, Manchester’s very own Robbie Cavanagh and  Raihanna Estrada, who we first met in 2014 and have championed since.

Hayley and Robbie were both new to us, but they are sure to feature on our show in the future. Hayley brought us an upbeat, laid back Aussie vibe with killer vocals, whilst Robbie cast aside his favoured “sad songs” to keep the party going, with people flocking in and surrounding the main stage.

Raihanna’s California roots shone through in her summery, cheerful festival openers.

Midlands-based Gasoline and Matches took to the stage next, bringing a rockier edge to proceedings. We also took a timeout to enjoy some of the festival catering, from Hebden Bridge’s Streatza.

If you see these guys at a festival near you, definitely grab yourself a delicious wood fired pizza!

Jade Helliwell featured next, with her upbeat, country pop sound. A perfect companion for the glorious weather.

Speaking of which, the ice cream van over by the second stage had an awesome array of flavours! Here’s Sheena enjoying some salted caramel.

Laura Oakes returned to Buckle and Boots, getting the crowd involved with some familiar favourites. She also played something new for her many fans in attendance.

The light was beginning to fade, but the energy and buzz within the crowd was intensifying. Morganway blasted on the stage with an explosive set. They even mashed up a little Fleetwood Mac into one of their tracks.

Jenn Bostic closed the night. Unfortunately we had to shoot away from the venue. Having seen clips on social media since, “Woo, go Jenn!” just about sums it up.

A great opening to another Buckle and Boots festival. Sun, fun and country music… What could be better?

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