A NEW festival will be coming to Southbourne next month after the event was given the green light.

The two-day Southbourne Revival Festival will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 11am to 9pm, and Sunday, July 28 from 11am to 4pm, at Fisherman’s Walk in Southbourne.

The event, which has been sponsored by local traders, will boast rock ‘n’ rock vibes on the Saturday from headliner Little Dave and The Sun Sessions and support act Rip it up, and more chill-out music from the like of Hattie Briggs on the Sunday.

Co-organiser Tony Hughes, who has helped set up the Frankenfest event in Southbourne, said: “We are really glad Hattie can come along and play at the festival. She has a beautiful voice which will be perfect for our session on Sunday.

“She performed at our Frankenfest in sub-zero temperatures, so we thought we owed it to her to play in the warm.”

The singer has recently completed a UK tour with Alfie Boe after the platinum selling singer spotted her busking in Paddington station. The tour concluded with a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

As previously reported, popular vintage-themed event Shake and Stir, which usually takes place in Southbourne, has been cancelled this year.

Tony said: “Following what happened to the Shake and Stir festival, it made sense to host another festival as there is a real appetite for music in this area.

“We gingerly started getting things together and making plans for it and it's kind of snowballed from there.”

The event has received a lot of support from local authorities and businesses. A crowdfunding page was set up three weeks ago to help fund the festival, with almost £1,500 currently being donated to ensure the party goes ahead.

Tony added: “We have had some fantastic help from one of our sponsors Bowden Financial Management.

“From now, any amount of money that is donated on our crowdfunding page, Bowdens will match it pound for pound, which helps a huge amount.

“It’s brilliant how the local community and traders have pulled together to make this happen, but we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the Southbourne Business Association and the Coastal BID for helping the festival get off the ground.”