Festival finale a big hit

11th July 2016

A free live music extravaganza was enjoyed by thousands of people at the final event of this year’s Basingstoke Festival.

Around 21,500 people flocked to War Memorial Park to see more than 100 acts perform across five stages at Basingstoke Live, the free two-day music festival showcasing outstanding local talent alongside national and international artists.

This year the Main stage was headlined by grime and dubstep MC P Money on Saturday, while ska veterans The Neville Staple Band topped the bill on the Main Stage on Sunday, treating the crowd to hits from The Specials, including the classics Ghost Town and A Message To You Rudy , as well as their own material.

Other Main Stage acts over the weekend included Basingstoke music student and multi-instrumentalist Cadit, Bear and The Woods, Elasea, Dream Overkill and The Buster Cornelius Quartet. Alternative hardcore rock band Treasures, also from Basingstoke, played tracks from their debut EP Alive and their forthcoming album Shadow Son on the Unplgd! Stage, while southerners Yearbook completed the final line-up on the Amped Stage on the Saturday evening. B-funkt, an 11 piece funk-soul-rare groove outfit based in the Basingstoke area, closed the Sunrise Stage on the Sunday.

People were given the chance to sing, play an instrument or learn some drumming and DJ skills at the Creative Stage where performances and workshops were held all weekend. In the creative arena there was graffiti and busking workshops, dance sessions with Happy Feet and even a football ‘Keepy Uppy’ tournament.

Now in its tenth year, Basingstoke Live is organised by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and programmed by the Basingstoke Live Forum to celebrate the creativity of music, art, drama and dance artists from around the borough and further afield. It was the final event in this year’s Basingstoke Festival calendar which saw over 100 events take place between Friday 17 June and Sunday 10 July.

Cllr Terri Reid, Deputy Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, said: “We faced tough competition from at least two major sporting finals this weekend but once again people showed their support for Basingstoke Live to enjoy a brilliant blend of music, dance and creativity.

“Over the five stages there was something on offer for all musical tastes and I’m thrilled so many people came along to support all the talented acts, many of whom have grown up or are based in the borough. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this event a success.”

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