WITH a new venue and a top headlining act, the organisers of a music festival are looking forward to their best year yet.
Springtide Festival is back for a third year and is welcoming rising band To Kill A King to the line-up.
The festival will be held at Bay House School, in Gomer Lane, Gosport, for the first time having previously been held at Thorngate Halls.
Organiser Louis Crowe is excited to get going.
The 27-year-old said: ‘Springtide Festival is about promoting bands from Gosport as well as other up-and-coming artists from across the county.
‘We want to give them the chance to be heard by music-lovers in the area.
‘This year we are really excited to welcome To Kill a King who have played on Fearne Cotton’s Radio 1 show.
‘They are probably the biggest act we have ever had so it’s really exciting.
‘This will be the best one yet.
‘The festival is about people hearing bands and artists they might never have heard of but still enjoying their music. You never know, they might go on to play at Isle of Wight or other big gigs and then you can say you saw them first at Springtide.’
Although we have grown since the first festival, it has been a natural progression and we haven’t tried to force it to get bigger.Louis Crowe
The event, on Saturday, May 30, is expected to welcome up to 500 people, with tickets selling fast.
‘When we started the festival, it was all about it being intimate,’ added Louis, from Gosport.
‘Although we have grown since the first festival, it has been a natural progression and we haven’t tried to force it to get bigger.
‘I hoped when it started it would get bigger and better but even with it being at a fantastic location like Bay House School which has the big hall and lovely gardens, it will still only have a few hundred people which is what we want. We were so happy to get the school because it is right by the seafront which is really nice.
‘We don’t want people spread out across massive fields – so although I am pleased we have got bigger, I like that we are still relatively small and still local to Gosport.’
As well as headlining act To Kill a King, Springtide Festival is also welcoming Racing Glaciers, April Towers and Vant.
With the new venue, the festival will also have an acoustic tent with the likes of Lilo’s Wall, from Winchester, performing.
Pizza from a stove oven and a bar will also be available, along with a variety of stalls for visitors to browse.
Music starts at Bay House from 1pm and will carry on until 11pm.
Tickets for the event are still available. Visit springtidefestival.com for more information.