Festival of Sound launches

HORSHAM’S first Festival of Sound on Sunday September 4 launches with a packed programme of bands.

The town’s brand-new music festival which will take place every year, is being held in and around the town centre, incorporating a few of the close villages, Broadbridge Heath, Southwater, Slinfold and Billingshurst.

“We plan to have 100 live music events during the festival which runs from Sunday, September 4 to Saturday, October 8 in pubs, bars, restaurants, shops and in the town centre itself,” said spokeswoman Sharon Dow.

“On Sunday, September 4, there will be live music all afternoon around town at six outside venues from 30 amazingly-talented local bands.”

Sharon added: “It was not my idea to put the festival together. Garry Mortimer-Cook from Horsham District Council approached me and asked me to do it for the town as I run the already very successful Horsham Area – Live Music Facebook page, which I update every day.

“I think it’s an excellent idea. Horsham has such an amazing live music scene that is forever expanding. This is an event that we intend to continue year after year during the month of September. This year we have 31 bands; next year, we hope to extend this further.”

The line-up for Sunday, September 4 is:

Carfax - The Band Stand; 12pm - Collyer’s Rock Band (rock); 1pm - Trailer Trash (hard rock covers); 2pm - Voices (funky women’s choral); 3pm - Monikers (rock/indie covers); 4pm - Stuart James Band (rock, funk, rhythm & blues); 5pm - Bad Boy Boogie (AC/DC tribute band) .

Market Square - The Original Stage: 12:30pm - Singfield (original rock); 1:30pm - Tied To The Mast (original alternative rock); 2:30pm - Davy’s Gripp (original rock); 3:30pm - Tell Wolves Tales (original rock ‘n’ roll); 4:30pm - The Gypsy Switch (eastern European inspired rock).

Piries Place - Jazz, Soul & Funk Stage: 12pm - Word Of Mouth (soul classics); 1pm - L’Escargots Trois (jazz); 2pm - Jazz In The Ear - Students from Collyer’s (jazz); 3pm - Andre Pallat (jazz); 4pm - Something Blue Duo (jazz, soul & funk acoustic covers); East Street - acoustic stage: 12:00pm - ‘Chelle Dean (solo acoustic); 12:45pm - Philip J Lymbery (solo acoustic singer-songwriter); 1:30pm - Mr Tworettes (acoustic rock); 2:15pm - Lesley Spiers (acoustic folk); 3:00pm - Alice Ella (pop/jazz acoustic); 3:45pm - Taygan Paxton (acoustic).

Shelley Fountain - Rock Stage: 12:30pm - Ornament Touraments (no-nonsense rock).

1:30pm - Hollows Of Venus (rock); 2:30pm - Retro Katz (classic rock); 3:30pm - Dead Empire (grunge/heavy rock); 4:30pm - The Last Carnival (rock).

The Forum - Blues Stage: 12pm - TBC; 1pm - Contraband Blues Band (blues);

2pm - Cardinal Sin & The Preachers (blues); 3pm - South Of 55th (blues).

Sharon added: “All bands are giving up their time for free to help raise money for Tanbridge House School’s new charity project Horsham 100, the campaign is aiming to raise £100,000 for the Dame Vera Lynn Trust which helps children with Cerebral Palsy, so please dig deep for this worthwhile cause.

“Sunday September 4 also coincides with The Big Nibble, a spectacular showcase of the finest local produce from across the Horsham District, with a free tasting trail around Horsham on the day. And if that’s not enough, we also have a vintage bus rally travelling across Sussex to the Carfax - TVRs, Morgans and Aston Martins in East Street, plus street performers.

“Sunday, September 4 will be an amazingly fun-filled Free day out for the whole family raising money for such a great cause, so please dig deep and help us reach the our target of £100,000, what a great way to kick off the Festival of Sound.”