Yate is ready to party at summer music festival

Kathryn Hurley Dance Academy performed at last year's festival

Kathryn Hurley Dance Academy performed at last year's festival

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

YATE’S community music festival is back and bigger than ever this summer.

The two-day event will take place in Kingsgate Park on Saturday, June 21 (12noon-6pm) and Sunday, June 22 (10.30am-12noon and 3-5pm).

Funded by Yate Town Council, the main day of the festival on Saturday will feature a line-up of live bands, children’s entertainment, dance and gymnastic troupes and community stalls.

The event kicks off at 12noon with art and craft stalls, a bungee trampoline, children’s rides, an inflatable zone and football games.

Bands to play during the day include Fflip Fflops, Peruvian Fighting Sheep, Uncle Buck, Stiff Upper Lips, Geckblasters, Dockside, Rhys Coleman and the Spotlight Thieves and Paul in the Hat.

King Edmund Acrogymnastics Club, REDDS and the Kathryn Hurley Academy dance groups are among local groups to perform in the park.

There will also be a chance to look over a fire engine provided by Yate Fire Station and community stalls will sell a wide range of local products and novelties. Wickwar Brewery will run a beer tent and there will be a variety of food and refreshments stands.

Sunday morning begins with a Praise in the Park service, in conjunction with local churches, at 10.30am.

In the afternoon, the festival takes on a more classical feel when residents are invited to bring a picnic to the park and enjoy the Westerly Show band, South Gloucestershire Jazz Band and the Frenchay School Ukulele players.

Event director Robert Goodwin, from event managers Re-energize employed to organised the festival by Yate Town Council, said: “The festival is a unique blend of music, dance and entertainment in the beautiful Kingsgate Park and is a perfect weekend outside for all the family.”

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