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Former Oasis frontman in tribute to Aretha Franklin at first-ever RiZE Festival

PUBLISHED: 04:09 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 04:09 20 August 2018

Crowds gather by the stage on day two of the inaugural Rize Festival Picture: ISABEL INFANTES/PA WIRE

Crowds gather by the stage on day two of the inaugural Rize Festival Picture: ISABEL INFANTES/PA WIRE

Thousands of people cheered on major music acts as they took to the stage at the first ever RiZE Festival in Essex.

Dan Smith, lead singer from British indie pop ban Bastille, performs on stage on day two Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA WireDan Smith, lead singer from British indie pop ban Bastille, performs on stage on day two Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Chart-topping acts such as Rita Ora, Years and Years and Stereophonics performed at the inaugural event, which took place on Friday and Saturday at Hylands Park in Chelmsford.

Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher headlined the festival on the Friday night, where he paid tribute to the late Aretha Franklin who died on Thursday of pancreatic cancer.

Gallagher said she had the “best voice in the universe” before dedicating his performance of Oasis hit Live Forever to the legendary singer.

Stereophonics took to the stage on Saturday, where they performed their last UK gig before heading across the pond.

Craig David performs on stage at the brand new Rize Festival in Hylands Park Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA WireCraig David performs on stage at the brand new Rize Festival in Hylands Park Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

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