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Horsham Garden Music Festival is back


The intimate, family-friendly Horsham Garden Music Festival is back, in it’s sixth year and, as always, in the lovely Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park. Showcasing local amateur and semi-professional talent across a range of music genres, the festival (which is run solely by volunteers) aims to appeal to all ages and tastes.

Musical Mayhem kicks off proceedings on Saturday 15 July. Designed to appeal to children in particular, there will be many familiar songs featured. Emilee Lucia is back as a fairy-tale princess, SINGergy, Horsham’s own gospel and contemporary choir, will be joining the line up, along with fun folk band, Okee Dokee. Circus Wurx will be offering ‘have a go circus skills’ and hope all the children will sport their favourite fancy dress.

Sunday 16 July is Jazz, Swing and Blues day. The Sussex Band of the Royal British Legion (Horsham) will be making their first Horsham Garden Music Festival appearance, as will Mr G and the Bluebeats. Angel Delights will return with their beautiful vocal harmonies and The Hucksters jive band hope to get everyone on their feet dancing.

Saturday 22 July will take a nostalgic trip “Back to the 80s” and the range of acts will include: The Jukebox 6, Northbrook MET (Young Performers) Band, Stephen Foster’s David Bowie tribute and Back2Skool with a tribute to the 80s party tunes.

Rock day completes the festival, on Sunday 23 July, with some great music from well-known local bands, including Squibs, Man Alive, Quo-caine, Full House and Ichiro.

All four concerts are free to attend. Gates open at 12:30pm and the music starts at 1:00pm, finishing at 5:00pm.

The Springboard Project will have a marquee providing a chill-out zone, for children with and without disabilities, for the first weekend. There will be mats and sensory toys made available and a hoist to help get youngsters out of their wheelchairs if they so wish.

The first weekend’s concerts are part of Horsham Festival – the new community arts festival set up by Paul Bellringer, who also founded Horsham Garden Music Festival. On Saturday 15 July, once the Garden Music Festival has finished, Horsham Festival will take over, with additional music from 6.30pm followed by students from Collyer’s who will be staging a performance of The Tempest. Entry to this particular event is by donation.

A note from the organisers: “We would not be able to put on this festival without our fabulous sponsors and supporters: This year we are very lucky to have a new major sponsor, Woodstock IT Services, joining our regular gold sponsor, Station Garage, who will have some of their latest cars to view at the festival.

“We would love to hear from anyone who’d like to volunteer at our concerts. You may contact us through hello@horshamgardenmusicfestival.co.uk.”

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