While the right-wing press and commentators were crowing at the prospect of failure for Labour Live those who attended will have experienced an atmosphere and excitement that was far from failure.
Although I arrived late due to finishing my surgeries in Brighton I was struck by the professionalism of the festival, from the security, staging, facilities and bars I don’t think any of this could be faulted. It was as well done as any day time London summer festival and for that I think the organisers need to pat themselves on the back.
Ultimately however Labour Live was not just a summer music festival it was an event to bring our labour family together, to celebrate what makes us who we are and exchange ideas about the direction we should be going in. I love my local branch meetings but there is only so many hours you can spend in a room debating motions with the same people.
Labour Live was a chance to try something new for a political party, break the mould of what people think is the traditional role for our party and grow the movement.
Barely a moment went by when I wasn’t being introduced to new members, all of who had been inspired by Jeremy’s leadership and were excited about the direction our party was moving in. I had a great time and I will be the first to buy a ticket to next years event.