Popular festival brings music to the heart of Waterlooville

Kevin Jones, a trumpet player in The Maritime Brass Band  (150613-1788)
Kevin Jones, a trumpet player in The Maritime Brass Band (150613-1788)
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MUSIC filled the streets of Waterlooville as a festival returned to the town for the 10th year running.

The popular Waterlooville Music Festival is a week-long musical extravaganza, that sees a range of concerts and gig put on.

The event got under way on Saturday with concerts by Urban Vocal Group, from Havant, and Cowplain Sambistas in Waterlooville town centre, and a performance from the Royal Marines Association Concert Band at St George’s Church in the evening.

Festival organiser Mike Sheffield said: ‘The idea is to bring music into the centre of Waterlooville.

‘The church is in the middle of Waterlooville and it brings music from across the genres into the town, so everybody can enjoy live music.’

There are events lined up all week, with a grand finale – Last Night of the Proms – planned for Saturday evening.

Phil Owen from Southsea playing in Wellington Way ''Pictures:  Malcolm Wells (150613-1827)

Phil Owen from Southsea playing in Wellington Way ''Pictures: Malcolm Wells (150613-1827)

Mr Sheffield said he was particularly looking forward to seeing Revel Weird and Wild, a folk band, on Wednesday night.

The gig will also see real ale brought in from local brewer Bowman Ales, from Denmead.

Mr Sheffield said: ‘It’s an exciting week.

‘The sun is shining and there are 58 concerts being put on throughout the week. It is an exciting place to be.’

There are 58 concerts being put on throughout the week. It is an exciting place to be.

Festival organiser Mike Sheffield

This year the festival coincides with Waterloo 200, the anniversary celebrations of the birth of Waterlooville town, marking the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

All the day-time concerts are free. For more details go to stgeorgesnews.org

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Saxofony playing (150613-1853)

Three girls from the HTC Woodwind ensemble known as Wetsoc. From left, Pippy Dickin, Heather Falconer and Chloe Peett (150613-1863)

Three girls from the HTC Woodwind ensemble known as Wetsoc. From left, Pippy Dickin, Heather Falconer and Chloe Peett (150613-1863)

The Pitchpipers sing in London Road  (150613-3558)

The Pitchpipers sing in London Road (150613-3558)