THOUSANDS of people will flock to Waterlooville for one of the area’s biggest music festivals.
Now in its eighth year, schools in the area will also be getting involved with concerts based in and around St George’s Church in St George’s Walk.
Waterlooville Music Festival begins on June 8 and, over nine days, will include almost every kind of music – from jazz to choral.
John Johnson is one of the organisers.
He said: ‘The festival attracts around 4,000 visitors and we are expecting just as many, if not more, this year.
‘The first night is going to be excellent.
‘We have top jazz band Lady and the Tramp coming down from London, as well as the excellent Ooh Madam – Rob Richardson.
‘For the first time ever we are holding a folk and ale night the following Friday.
‘Threepenny Bit will be joined by Portsmouth Shanty Men.
‘It’s going to be fantastic to have those two together. You can’t really do better than have shanty singers from Portsmouth, can you?
‘And of course we can’t wait for Last Night of the Proms on June 15.
‘It is led by Don Lloyd and he really has the knack of getting everyone going.
‘The flag-waving and singing to Jerusalem are brilliant.’
Events will be happening across the area and kick off with Market Place Music – with concerts taking place throughout the town centre.
All daytime concerts are free, and include opportunities for local schools to show off the talents of their choirs and instrumentalists.
Schools workshops will also be taking place.
In 2012, the festival sponsored Voices United, a choir formed of pupils from five different schools, which proved so successful that many more schools are taking part in the 2013 performance.
The wide range of music on offer includes a rock concert on the final Saturday lunchtime and performances by Portsmouth Philharmonic and Hampshire Police Band.
Tickets are available at around £5 each or at £25 for a passport tickets that gives entry to all concerts except for the Last Night of the Proms.
To buy tickets online go to waterloovillemusicfestival.org.uk.