Gosport loves to boogie and dances in the moonlight

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T.Rex, Toploader and Chas Hodges Band will all headline at the Waterfront Community Festival in Gosport next weekend.

The festival, previously known as the Gosport Waterfront Festival, runs from Friday, August 26, to Sunday 28 at Walpole Park.

The free event kicks off at 6pm on Friday with Will Hold. Also appearing on the first night of the festival are EGO, The Arrivals, Melodramas, Night of Treason and What Is Life For?, before T.Rex take to the stage from 10pm until 11pm.

Marc Bolan’s band members Mickey Finn, Paul Fenton and Jack Green reformed T.Rex in 1997 and continued after Mickey’s death in 2003.

The current version of T.Rex includes guitarist Graham Oliver, from British Heavy Metal band Saxon and Jay Spargo singing lead vocals.

The festival moves from one legendary 1970s band to another on Saturday, when Perfect Alibi are among the line-up of 11 bands from 1pm.

Taking to the stage at 8.40pm, Southampton band Perfect Alibi are one of the area’s favourite Pink Floyd tributes, playing regular sell-out shows in and around Portsmouth as well as around the rest of the UK.

Following them, from 9.45pm to 11pm, is Chas Hodges and his Band. Now performing solo, without Dave Peacock, Chas plays all his Chas & Dave hits as well as performing songs and stories from his life before Dave.

Then, from 1pm to 11pm on Sunday, acts will include Offbeat Offensive, OJ’s Soul Band, Karen Carpenter and Michael Jackson tributes and Toploader.

The Dancing In the Moonlight stars recently reformed and have released a brand new album called Only Human. They’ll be playing new material and past hits in their festival-closing set from 9.40pm to 10.50pm.

A full running order with timings can be found at gosportfestival.org.uk.