EASTBOURNE Bandstand has a top line-up of performers for the 2011 concert calendar – including Seth Lakeman live on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
This year’s programme promises to be the best yet for the iconic seafront landmark with new concerts joining old favourites and, by popular demand, bandstand visitors can guarantee their seat in the audience five months before the summer season gets underway.
Concertgoers can look forward to a special performance from one of the country’s leading folk musicians, Seth Lakeman, on August 28, as well as Glee inspired Kids Summertime Special evenings and new additions to the tribute nights including JLS and Michael Bublé.
Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet member for tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said, “2010 was a record year for our beautiful seafront venue with over 32,000 visitors, but looking at the line-up for 2011, I am sure we can build on last year’s record success and welcome even more concert goers this summer.
“We are very excited to be able to welcome Seth Lakeman in August, an esteemed folk singer, and offer something different for audiences. Combined with the many other concerts, there really is a variety of entertainment on offer at the Bandstand to appeal to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.”
For the first time in 2011, Eastbourne Bandstand is offering visitors the chance to enjoy the popular Easter Day Concert for free and celebrate the start to the concert season with Eastbourne Silver Band taking to the stage for the traditional afternoon performance.
To apply for a free ticket go to www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk.
Also coming up this year as the Bandstand continues to attract a new, younger audience, are the Kids Summertime Specials, which are being extended to include performances inspired by popular shows such as High School Musical, Hannah Montana and hit new US TV series Glee.
Taking place on Tuesday evenings during the summer holidays, the shows offer the chance for families to get on their feet and dance along in the Eastbourne sunshine.
The Saturday rock ‘n’ roll nights are also being updated this year to continue the popularity of the Friday tributes through to Saturday too. Every Saturday evening from July 23 – August 27, rock ‘n’ roll fans can enjoy a themed tribute to some of the genre’s best-loved artists such as Elvis, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.
And for something a little more traditional, Eastbourne Bandstand is welcoming back The Central Band of the Royal British Legion under the directorship of David Cole, who will perform on various dates throughout the season as well as during a special military week from July 31 – August 5.