Mu­sic fes­ti­val comes of age

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It’s al­most time for Ash­ford’s Cre­ate Mu­sic Fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate its 18th birth­day, with one of the best line-ups in its his­tory.

The free fes­ti­val, or­gan­ised by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, has come a long way over the years, and now boasts four live mu­sic stages and a host of fam­ily at­trac­tions.

Head­lin­ing this year’s free ex­trav­a­ganza at the town’s Vic­to­ria Park this Sun­day are Brit­pop stars Dodgy, best known for their 90s hits Stay­ing Out for the Sum­mer and Good Enough.

New for this year is a spe­cial gig, with Char­la­tans front man Tim Burgess com­ing to Ash­ford for a per­for­mance at St Mary’s Church in the town cen­tre to­mor­row (Fri­day) night.

Cre­ate aims to show­case the best of lo­cal mu­si­cal tal­ent.

Event Or­gan­iser Chris Dixon said: “It gives you a real buzz to phone up lo­cal acts and hear their reaction and de­light in find­ing out they have a slot at Cre­ate.

“I know how much this fes­ti­val means to the town, lo­cal busi­nesses, mu­si­cians and fes­ti­val-go­ers alike, so I am proud that year on year the fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity.”

Su and Chris Bai­ley, own­ers of Right Track Mu­sic and spon­sors of the event, said: “Hav­ing our own stage at Cre­ate means that we can pro­vide an out­stand­ing plat­form for young mu­si­cians to per­form their work in front of thou­sands of peo­ple.

“Be­ing able to sup­port bring­ing a world-class rock and Cre­ate runs from noon to 8pm on Sun­day, and a strict ‘no glass’ pol­icy will op­er­ate in Vic­to­ria Park for the event.

For full de­tails of Cre­ate, visit www.cre­ate­fes­ti­ or fol­low the fes­ti­val on Twit­ter @ ash­ford­cre­ate or on Face­book at ash­ford­cre­ate.

Tick­ets, priced £14, are still avail­able for the Tim Burgess Fri­day Night Sound Check from Right Track Mu­sic in Tufton Street.

Dodgy will be stay­ing out for the sum­mer cel­e­bra­tions of the Cre­ate fes­ti­val on Sun­day

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