The Brightlingsea Free Music Festival is back for the 17 year this summer, with a bigger and better line up of groups.
Festival goers in our county can get excited about an array of musical bands playing this year at the community festival, which suit all musical tastes.
The annual festival will be hosted on Hurst Green, Brightlingsea Town, and it will run from Friday, 4 August to Sunday, 6 August.
Festival lovers will be able to enjoy an array of musical genres; from a mix of the very best pop, rock, folk, indie, and local artists from the area and beyond Essex. ‘Fox’ group will be playing in this year’s festival, and they were the support group for the Depeache Mode European tour this year.
This is a free festival, which has a fantastic community spirit. The festival is funded through the Essex County Council Small Grants Scheme, which aims to preserve culture and arts in Essex. It has been running since 2001, and it was established to give pop groups the chance to perform to live audiences.
Since the festival launched in a lorry trailer in 2001 during the first two years, it has continued to grow in popularity.
This year’s line-up includes: New Town Kings, Fever Trio, Elmer Van Der Hoek, Animal Noise, Surge and Rubber Jaw. As the festival kicks off on the 4 August, visitors can look forward to jazz on the green from Elmer Van Der Hoek and the Goodtimes Jazz Band.
Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customer said: “Free music festivals like this one strengthen community spirit and provide a springboard for local musicians to widen their audience. Our Small Grants Schemes are designed to support local people to get their ideas off the ground, for the benefit of their communities, and it is fantastic to see the Brightlingsea Festival going from strength to strength.”
Festival organiser, Julie Barrett, said: “This fabulous free weekend of music would not be possible if it were not for the invaluable support and commitment we have received through the Culture in Essex Small Grants Scheme as well as the Brightlingsea Town Council and our wonderful Sponsors and Donors, which include local businesses and of course the local residents. We are proud to give musicians the ability to showcase their original song writing ability and allow them to perform their songs in front of a live friendly audience.”