Top bands to perform at major new festival in Dorchester

HERE COMES THE SUN: The Zombies

APPEARING: Dodgy

First published in News Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A MAJOR new music festival featuring the Zombies, Dodgy and Hugh Cornwell will take place on the outskirts of Dorchester.

The debut festival Forever Sun will take place on the Came estate on the site of the former Dorchester showground on Friday, August 16 to Saturday 17.

The festival is expected to attract 5,000 festivalgoers.

Musician Jamie Pinnow and his film-maker friend Dave Williams decided the area was lacking a music festival for adult music lovers who love good live gigs.

Jamie, 35, said: “We’ll have everything from rock to folk, from ethnic to urban and on top of that comedy, street theatre and great food.

“We’ve both been overwhelmed with the interest – it’s gone a bit mental and I’ve spent most of the last few weeks on the phone to agents.”

Big name acts that have been confirmed include the Zombies, Dodgy and Hugh Cornwell from The Stranglers, The Standards, Neil Innes and John Otway.

There will be three stages – the main stage, Nobby’s Stage, which is named in honour of the late Steve Charles, and the curiosity stage.

Jamie, who organises the popular Open Mic Surgery in Dorchester on Thursday nights at Tom Brown’s pub, added: “It will be real music, with quality musicians and it’s the first time we’ve organised anything on this scale.

Bournemouth Echo:

“We want to show it can be done in this great area that we live in.”

Local artists will also be a big feature of the weekend with the line up already featuring Zoe Schwarz, Nick Capaldi, Andy Grant, Elijah Wolf, The Gravity Drive, Ty Xanders, Sugar Myth, The Dinnerladies, Vanilla Radio and Danny and the Goosemen.

Jamie says Forever Sun is planned to be an over-14s festival only and that this will not rival popular local family festival Camp Bestival.

The full two-day festival ticket will be £50 but later on it will be possible to buy daytime passes.

Camping is also free if you purchase the weekend ticket.

On the Friday music is planned to start at 6pm but on the Saturday music is expected to play from 11am until midnight.

Jamie added: “It’s early days and a lot has to be confirmed so watch out for new bands being announced.”

For more information and to book visit foreversun.co.uk

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8:46am Thu 14 Feb 13

axzl32 says...

In whose mind are these 'top bands'? Do you share booking agents with the Weymouth Pavilion?
In whose mind are these 'top bands'? Do you share booking agents with the Weymouth Pavilion? axzl32
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6:32pm Thu 14 Feb 13

The obscure says...

Well done on getting this going fellas and great that local bands are on the bill. Shame About dodgy but for fifty quid for 2 days and camping who can really complain. Good luck and I hope it leads to better things in Dorset
Well done on getting this going fellas and great that local bands are on the bill. Shame About dodgy but for fifty quid for 2 days and camping who can really complain. Good luck and I hope it leads to better things in Dorset The obscure
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8:07pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Desk24 says...

It will **** down with rain!
It will **** down with rain! Desk24
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4:16pm Sun 17 Feb 13

DorchWebster says...

axzl32 wrote:
In whose mind are these 'top bands'? Do you share booking agents with the Weymouth Pavilion?
I see Victor Meldrew is on the case again ^_^
[quote][p][bold]axzl32[/bold] wrote: In whose mind are these 'top bands'? Do you share booking agents with the Weymouth Pavilion?[/p][/quote]I see Victor Meldrew is on the case again ^_^ DorchWebster
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10:21am Mon 18 Feb 13

marshmellow says...

as usual its so nice to see such a positive reaction from the locals! The very same locals who spend the rest of the time complaining that there is nothing going on in the locality! How anyone can compare the line up of bands/musicians to weymouth pavilion is beyond me! maybe you sir would prefer a line up of the usual Tribute bands that get rolled out year in year out! Check out the website to see the rest of what is on offer before using the same bourgeois cliches time and time again! If this is a sucsess who knows where it could lead, an affordable alternitave to the very corperate Bestival maybe? Of course there is always the weather to worry about, but I think this is a very good thing for Dorset and should be supported by the locals rather than poo pooed before its even happened!
as usual its so nice to see such a positive reaction from the locals! The very same locals who spend the rest of the time complaining that there is nothing going on in the locality! How anyone can compare the line up of bands/musicians to weymouth pavilion is beyond me! maybe you sir would prefer a line up of the usual Tribute bands that get rolled out year in year out! Check out the website to see the rest of what is on offer before using the same bourgeois cliches time and time again! If this is a sucsess who knows where it could lead, an affordable alternitave to the very corperate Bestival maybe? Of course there is always the weather to worry about, but I think this is a very good thing for Dorset and should be supported by the locals rather than poo pooed before its even happened! marshmellow
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