THOUSANDS of people filled Upton Country Park at the weekend to watch tributes to their favourite pop stars.

Headlining on Friday night for the Upton House Music Festival was Killer Queen and Abba Mania. Around eight thousand people attended the sold-out concert.

On Saturday, the line-up featured Motown music starring Roy Hemmings from The Drifters and a Michael Jackson tribute act.

Nick Conrad, managing director of Starlight Concerts, the company behind the event, said it was a "huge success".

It is the first year the company has organised the festival. It is already in "advanced negotiations" with Upton Country Park and BCP Council about next year's festival.

"It's been great for year one. The park has been absolutely fantastic with its support of the event, and the council's licensing and environment team have been awesome in ensuring the festival was safe.

"It's been such a brilliant experience – we've had some really special acts and people have been so warm and friendly. We really want to re-ignite live music in this park with our concerts and build something that families enjoy." He said a review of the event would be carried out in conjunction with the council and any feedback would be taken on board.

"We will be looking at providing an extra gate to help the flow of traffic into and out of the park next year," he said.