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B LOVE brings 2019 festival to a close

News release 8506, published on 09 Jul 2019
People of all ages enjoyed a weekend of fantastic music and family fun as B LOVE brought the curtain down on this year’s Basingstoke Festival.

Thousands of music lovers headed to the War Memorial Park on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July to watch an awesome line up of local, national and international acts.

Supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and programmed by the B LOVE Forum, the two-day event saw more than 70 acts perform music for all tastes including drum n bass, rock, indie, soul and rap across five stages.

Saturday headliner - co-founder of Faithless, Sister Bliss – wowed the crowd with her DJ set which featured some of the group’s biggest hits.

Popular Brit-nominated band Toploader topped the bill on Sunday bringing a feel-good end to the music extravaganza with a set featuring their classic hit, Dancing in the Moonlight.

Basingstoke musicians taking to the stage included Tomorrows Retro, Maiden China, Hackwood Road and soul collective B-Funkt.

There was plenty of entertainment for families with the return of the Magical Forest including activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling and den building.

Over on the B AWESOME stage, families were treated to a range of performances from Hikapee Circus Theatre, Joe Garbett Dance, Bootworks Theatre and Fit Up Productions with their pop up circus along with local community groups including choirs, dance and theatre groups.

B LOVE concludes the 2019 Basingstoke Festival which saw 17 days of the very best in arts and entertainment including street dance, flashmobs, local history, visual arts and Pictures in the Park.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships Cllr Simon Bound said: “It was great to see so many people of all ages enjoying the very best of music, art, dance and drama from the borough and further afield at B LOVE Festival.

“This year’s event had a real family feel so it was good to see families enjoying the live performances and a range of activities in the Magical Forest.

“B LOVE was the perfect finale to another fantastic Basingstoke Festival which saw thousands of people discover art in unusual places at events across the borough. Thank you to everyone who came along as well as those taking part, from artists and local businesses to stall holders and volunteers.”

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