Let the good times roll again with Eastbourne Music Live

The Equatorial Group feature in Eastbourne's free music festival summer 2016
The Equatorial Group feature in Eastbourne's free music festival summer 2016

Following its success last summer, Eastbourne Music Live will be back from July 16-24 with an even bigger line-up.

The event will take residency at Beach Life Festival July 16 – 17 before journeying to The Under Ground Theatre and South Street.

The festival will also feature Little Music Marathon on Friday 22nd which has grown significantly this year, with 16 acts performing across eight venues in Little Chelsea, all free. Musicians will have a 20 minute slot to showcase their talent before moving to another venue.

The Eagle, Maxims, Dolphin and Dew Drop are hosting half of the event with new additions Roots, Mamma Mi, Beanz and Eucalyptus & Paprika Tea House stepping up as alternative music venues.

Local band The Shards will be upping the tempo across the evening while Brighton boy Jack Pout brings folk/blues to the table. Audiences can also appreciate Zachary Dogwood, The Spooky Wagons and Strum n Bass, among many more joining the non-stop programme.

The Under Ground Theatre will host live music throughout the week, with specific genres taking over the stage from Monday to Friday. Home-grown talent Tom Fitzpatrick opens the residency with a sensational Swing night on the 18th, and on Tuesday the stage will be home to an Americana evening featuring Pocket Size and local support The Equatorial Group.

On Wednesday One Night of SKA will take over, with Gerry Slattery, former band member of Boy George Band, Rubettes and Showaddywaddy.

Thursday brings Blues to town with Smokestack, whilst Friday features a Heavy Metal night alongside Little Music Marathon.

Beach Life Festival will welcome Red Hot Chilli Peppers tribute Give It Away as well as bringing 90s dance/techno group L.A.R.G.E back to the stage. Local bands Knocksville, Ivy Fire and Cardboard Hit also join the bill.