A FESTIVAL set to return to the stage with its best ever line-up – including The Hoosiers.
The four-day event, GosFest 2013, in Walpole Park, Gosport, will see the band – best known for the top 10 hit Worried About Ray – play along with nearly 40 other bands, including tribute and local acts.
Dave Smith is running the event, which starts on Friday, August 23.
He said along with The Hoosiers, acts to look out for are Michael Dawson’s Saxon on the Saturday and John Coghlan, the original drummer and bass player from Status Quo, on Sunday.
‘We’ve got all the other local bands too,’ he said.
‘This one this year has the strongest line-up we’ve ever had.
‘And if it doesn’t work this year then the festival’s finished, quite frankly.
‘We’ve got one hell of a line-up, and all these bands that are playing are top-notch bands.
‘With The Hoosiers we’ve got coach-loads of people coming, and we already know and are making plans that we will have to shut the gates early. I would say to people – get there early.’
Mr Smith is running a competition, called Talent Quest.
The winner of the competition will be kicking off the festival on the Friday.
It will take place outside the Bayside Cabin, in Stokes Bay Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, in the first week of July.
Mr Smith added: ‘What we’re looking for is the younger talent, there’s loads of them in Gosport.
‘All the bands that send their stuff in will be aired live on Express FM.
‘It gives people a chance to listen and gives the bands a bit of a boost.’
Entrance will cost £1 for adults between 1pm and 4.30pm, and £2 for adults between 4.30pm and 11pm.
It will cost £1 for youngsters aged between five and 12.
An all-weekend pass can be bought for £10 online but there is a limited number.
The pass allows unlimited entry and re-entry to the festival.
All children aged under five will be allowed in free.
There will also be fairground rides at the event, along with refreshment stands.
Mr Smith added that anyone leaving the site for refreshments will have to pay a charge.
He said: ‘For raising money for the festival we’ve sold concessions, and if people go out of the site, to go across to Burger King or whatever, that’s taking money away from concessions.
‘They’ve put money in to us to help us hold the event.’
See gosportfestival.org.uk to buy tickets.