Festivals news

Good times at Upton House

BRITPOP stars and hit-makers from the 1980s and 90s head the line-up for the three-night Upton House Concerts, near Poole, on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May. The weekend also includes favourite tribute acts and top DJs, and with a pocket-friendly price of weekend tickets at £80 for two, it’s a great start…

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Invitation to the Bath party

BATH’S biggest free party is back, with the free opening celebrations of this year’s Bath Festival, on Friday 13th May from 5pm. After two years’ Covid-enforced absence, the festival organisers are delighted to invite the crowds back for a massive colourful party, taking over venues across the city. Whatever your taste in music, whether it…

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Frome Festival tickets on sale

FROME Festival is back this year with the biggest ever line-up of more than 260 events and there is such a demand for some events that tickets have gone on sale early, before the box office opens on 22nd May. Early tickets for all festival events at the Cheese and Grain can be bought directly…

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Top forensic scientist at new crime festival

ONE of the country’s leading forensic scientists will be among the speakers at a new literary festival, Lyme Crime, at Lyme Regis from 23rd to 25th June. Angela Gallop, a practising forensic scientist for more than 45 years, who personally oversaw the cases of Rachel Nickell, Damilola Taylor, Roberto Calvi and Stephen Lawrence, will be…

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Frome Festival back with full line-up

FROME Festival is back this year, after last year’s Covid-reduced programme, with a full line-up of great performances and participation events from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th July. Headline names for 2022 include Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley, hosting an opening night party at the Cheese and Grain; followed by legendary singer guitarists Andy Fairweather…

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Bath Festival line-up announced as tickets go on sale

THIS year’s Bath Festival, running from Friday 13th May to Saturday 21st May has an impressive line-up of authors, musicians and influential thinkers, headed by guest curator Arifa Akbar, the leading theatre critic of The Guardian. The world-renowned festival, which celebrates books and music in stunning venues across the beautiful city, includes careful pairing of…

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Reading the Land

THE new Shaftesbury Book Festival, running from 11th to 13th March is Reading The Land, an invitation to share in the passion, experience and insight of our authors as we explore the best of nature writing. ​The theme reflects the experience of so many of us, through nearly two years of lockdowns and the restrictions…

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Martin Dimery to retire as Frome Festival director

MARTIN Dimery, who became creative director of the Frome Festival in 2007,  taking over from founder-director Martin Bax, has announced that he will retire from his post after the 2022 festival. He said: “Directing the Frome Festival has been immensely rewarding and I’ve been greatly honoured to have maintained the position for 15 years. Following…

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