Ska le­gends top bill of more than 40 live acts

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points of view - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

In the build-up to this week­end’s Cre­ate Fes­ti­val, the new Cre­ate Plat­form events and ac­tiv­i­ties are tak­ing over the town and Vic­to­ria Park is get­ting ready to host ska le­gends The Selecter.

Led by front­woman Pauline Black and orig­i­nal mem­ber Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hen­drick­son, The Selecter will head­line on the Ash­ford Col­lege Main Stage.

Fol­low­ing the huge suc­cess of last year’s 21st birth­day, the free fes­ti­val will once again of­fer a packed pro­gramme of mu­sic on Satur­day, with more than 40 bands, acts, solo per­form­ers and DJ’s from the area per­form­ing through­out the day.

Head­lin­ing the Rev­e­la­tion Ash­ford Stage are Kent’s garage rock band, The Bay Rays, who have pre­vi­ously per­formed at Glas­ton­bury.

T h e Cr e a t e main stage, which is spon­sored by Ash­ford Col­lege, will see per­for­mances by pop­u­lar lo­cal favourites Riskee & The Ridicule, Sal­va­tion Jayne, and the Paul Dun­ton Orches­tra. They will be sup­ported by a team of Ash­ford Col­lege Mu­sic Tech­nol­ogy stu­dents work­ing be­hind the scenes. The new County Square Com­mu­nity Stage will have the back­drop of the park’s Hu­bert Foun­tain, and will show­case hun­dreds of song­sters as Ash­ford Rock Choir, Ash­ford Con­cert Band, and Ash­ford Com­mu­nity Choir per­form. There will also be a new and im­proved street food and cre­ative mar­ket, in amongst street en­ter­tain­ers, face painters and chil­dren’s rides. The night will close with a py­rotech­nic dis­play around the Hu­bert Foun­tain. This Sun­day, from 11am to 2.30pm, Cre­ate Plat­form will host a free fam­ily pic­nic around the foun­tain to cel­e­brate the 176th birth­day of Ge­orge Harper, the man who gifted the land­mark to the park. David Live, the David Bowie trib­ute act will re­turn for a spe­cial two-hour show at Rev­e­la­tion Ash­ford to­mor­row (Fri­day) night. For more i nfor­ma­tion visit www.cre­ate­fes­ti­val. co.uk or www.face­book.com/ash­ford­cre­ate

Pic­ture: Cal­lum Reece

Pauline Black, lead singer of head­line act The Selecter

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