5th July 2017
The excitement is mounting and the countdown is on for an awesome live music finale to this year’s Basingstoke Festival.
Make sure you have your free tickets for Basingstoke Live, which is expected to draw thousands to the town’s War Memorial Park on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July.
An outstanding line-up of local, national and international musicians will be taking part at the weekend event, with rock, indie, house, hip-hop, rap, 2-tone, drum ‘n’ bass, reggae and funk on five stages.
Female rapper Paigey Cakey and 2-tone band Dub Pistols will be headlining on the Main Stage. The Hackney MC is set to perform tracks from her debut album The First Paige on the Saturday evening. Paigey is a rising star, already featured on Fearne Cotton’s Radio 1 show, and a support act to Eve and Lil’ Kim, Stormzy and grime rap duo Krept & Konan.
Veteran performers Dub Pistols will keep the crowds rocking on Sunday evening’s Main Stage. Best known as a 21st century equivalent of acts such as The Specials or The Beat, the Dub Pistols have worked with vocal legends like Busta Rhymes, Terry Hall and Rodney P over the past 20 years.
Basingstoke’s home-grown music scene will be well represented with hip-hop star Signal, rapper MCX and local bands High Tide Royals, Freespirit and Green Embers all on stage. Also, on the Sunday, is Basingstoke’s funk-soul-rare groove band B-funkt; STUP!D and Original Jack, local duo Alex Middelton and Lily Kyle, and rockers The Zone.
Rain or shine, it promises to be one not to be missed this festival season. There will be fun for all the family too with music workshops, a funfair, Community Village and Get Active sessions.
Admission is strictly by ticket – only children under the age of five will not need one. Simply print them out or bring along your mobile for scanning.
Don’t forget, no alcohol can be brought into the event and non-alcoholic drinks must be unopened when bringing into the park. There will be plenty of food and drink outlets available inside the park including local bars provided by The Tea Bar, Tonic and Winchester Bar Services. Anybody wishing to buy alcohol on site should bring photographic ID as a Challenge 25 policy will be in force.
Also remember, there’s no entry after 8pm on Saturday 8 July, so get there early!
Basingstoke Live is funded 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.
Organisers want everybody to have a great time and to stay safe. Some items, such as glass containers, barbecues and candles, are prohibited – for a full list and the event terms and conditions check the website at www.basingstokelive.co.uk.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Deputy Leader Cllr Terri Reid said: “Basingstoke Live is the big finale to Basingstoke Festival and something that the borough can be really proud of. Thousands of people have signed up for their free tickets so now it’s just a case of printing them off or showing them on their phone on the day to enjoy a fantastic weekend line-up of free entertainment to suit all musical tastes.”
For more information visit www.basingstokelive.co.uk , follow @basingstokelive on Twitter or like basingstokelive on Facebook.