Bath prepares to party

GET your dancing shoes on and be prepared to party as Bath Festivals’ finale weekend on the Rec in the heart of the city brings some big names to Bath over the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August.

Bath Festivals and music promoters Orchard Live have announced the re-scheduling of the music festival following its postponement due to Covid-19 last summer. The line-up, including some of the stars who were scheduled for the cancelled 2020 event, includes McFly, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, Scouting For Girls, Billy Ocean, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Seth Lakeman.

Returning after the success in 2020 of their first studio album in ten years, Young Dumb Thrills, McFly will top the bill on the Saturday night, bringing their own brand of festival happiness to Bath. They will be supported by Scouting for Girls, who have built their reputation as a party band. The Saturday line-up will also include Irish singer-songwriter Orla Gartland, British/American rising star George Pelham, solo artists Lauran Hibberd and Josh Gray and London four-piece outfit Novacub. Dessie Magee with his band, winner of last year’s Bath Introduces competition, and Bath band Luna Lake will take to the Big Top stage.

Headlining on Sunday 8th August will be legendary reggae band UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro headline. British soul singer Billy Ocean will perform some of his classics, such as Caribbean Queen and When the Going Gets Tough. The main stage line-up on Sunday will also include the hugely popular West Country folk musician Seth Lakeman and his band.

Adding to Sunday’s party atmosphere will be Bristol-based BLOCO B samba troupe, who take part in St Paul Carnival in Bristol, Notting Hill Carnival and the Rio Carnival itself. New York trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals will bring their unique style and sense of fun to Bath Rec –  band member Huey Morgan, who is also a BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, is really looking forward to playing to his hometown Bath crowd.  Also on the line-up are solo artists Hannah Grace and Casey Lowry, Wiltshire based indie trio Port Erin and grunge influenced Life in Mono fronted by Sarah Clayton.

For tickets visit www.thebathfestival.org.uk/finale-weekend  or Bath Box Office telephone: 01225 463362. Tickets purchased for the original date will be transferred over to the new date.

Pictured: The main stage at night; BLOCO B, Billy Ocean and Scouting For Girls.