Horsham’s Festival of Sound set to launch

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A NEW music event in Horsham is set to be launched this September with the ambitious goal of hosting 100 music events throughout the month.

The Festival of Sound, which will be the first of its kind in the area, will see musicians of all genres playing gigs at various venues across the district.

The festival, which has the theme of diversity, has been organised by local music lover Sharon Dow, and it’s hoped it will become an annual event.

The festival kick starts on Sunday September 4 with more than 30 bands playing across the town.

Sharon said: “We have had such a great response already – within hours of setting up a Facebook page we had more than 100 fans and everyone seems to love the idea.

“We are hoping it will bring a lot of people into the town as there is something for everyone.

“It will be a free and fun event and we hope everyone will come along.”

There will be six stages across Horsham in the Carfax, Piries Place, East Street, Market Square, The Forum and Shelley Fountain.

The launch of the festival on September 4 will coincide with Horsham’s Big Nibble, a showcase of the finest local produce from across the district, with free tasting.

There will also be a car show on East Street including TVRs, Aston Martins and Morgans as well as a vintage bus rally which will end up in the town.

Bands will be playing free of charge on the day in a bid to raise money for Horsham 100, a campaign lead by PMW Communications and Tanbridge House School which is aiming to raise £100,000 a year to support local charities.

This year’s chosen charity is The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Peter Sutton, managing director of PMW said: “We are going to make the last day before the kids go back to school a wonderful day in Horsham.

“There’s going to be the Big Nibble, vintage vehicles and live music of all genres and it has been designated the Horsham 100 day so we will be there collecting for the Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents which is wonderful.”

Horsham’s festival of sound will continue through to October 8 and you can find out more about the event by visiting www.facebook.com/festivalofsound