OFF STAGE: Stan Walker, Whakatane musician Elise Adlam and her daughter Frankie Adlam were hanging out together while not on stage. Photo supplied

WITH singer Stan Walker as the headline act at last week’s Opotiki Lantern Festival the crowds swelled considerably from previous years.

Opotiki i-Site manager Joseph Hayes says presales went from 180 in previous years to more than 1000.

He says there are a lot of people involved in making the festival happen. “We’re going to keep trying to grow this event.”

Eastern Bay Life photographer Troy Baker went along to the afternoon of the concert to capture these scenes.