Music lovers are in for a treat during Shaftesbury Festival week as the town plays host to a series of concerts showcasing some of the area’s most talented musicians. Now in its second year, the popular festival, which welcomed more than 8,000 visitors in 2013, is an amalgamation of the former food and arts festivals and climaxes on the weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June.
A number of ticketed events are programmed throughout the festival. With the World Cup about to kick off, revellers can enjoy an evening of live music at Beggars’ Banquet Café on Thursday 5th June with the Brazil-inspired Afro-Samba Collective and some authentic South American food and cocktails.
On Friday 6th June, pupils from Clayesmore and Shaftesbury Schools will entertain at the ‘Big Bands Gig’ at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, playing music old and new, from swing and jazz to metal and punk.
Anyone looking for a fun way to round off the festivities of ‘Super Saturday’ 7th June, traditionally the busiest day of the festival, should head for the town hall, where the highly regarded Hambledon Hopstep Band will treat festival-goers to a fun-filled, foot-stomping evening of music and ceilidh dancing.
Shaftesbury’s very own Community Choir will be performing twice during the festival, at an informal concert at Amore Italian Restaurant on Wednesday 4th June (a slice of pizza and drink are included in the ticket price) and again at the Festival Finale Concert at St Peter’s Church on Sunday 8 June, where they will be joined by the gifted young musicians Krystl Ride (soprano), Edgar Bailey (violin) and Charlotte Horner (flute).
For information on how to purchase tickets, as well as details of the entire festival programme, go to www.shaftesburyfestival.co.uk, or pick up a copy of the printed programme, which is available from tourist information centres, cafes, pubs and shops in and around the town. You can also stay in touch with the latest news via Facebook or Twitter (@shaftesburyfest).