A FAMILY fun music festival is set to return to the town centre this weekend.
A-Fest will be in the High Street on Sunday from 2pm until 6pm.
The event was first organised by Andover Town Centre Partnership and Andover Youth Council two years ago.
Aimed at families it will be running in conjunction with Andover College and Andover Town Council while supporting two local charities, Andover and District MenCap and the Abel Foundation.
The BTEC Music Technology Events course at Andover College has also helped to organise the event.
Second year students organised the auditions from promotion to running the sound on the night.
On the day the students worked closely with Expression Events who provide expert tuition in building the staging and setting up a professional PA system which the learners will then run.
The BTEC course is focused on real-life application of technical skills and provides students with work experience opportunities, which can lead to working in the industry.
The family festival will have stands, stalls and activities for younger children, including Purbecks Ice-cream, Greenfields Hog Roast, Bouncy Castle, Test Valley Arts Foundation ‘Bus of Many Things’, funfair rides,
face painting and much more.
Set to showcase a wide range of the town's musical musical talent, here is a list of the event's line-up:
14:00 – 14:10 Luke Thomas
Singer and guitarist Luke is an open mic aficionado, regularly seen in and around Andover.
14:15 – 14:25 Maddison Douch
Local singer songwriter, currently studying Jazz at the guildhall in London. Maddison is a regular at Open Mic nights locally and performs in a variety of bands including the Mighty Hump.
14:30 – 14:40 Chris Berntsen
Singer song writer and currently recording an album. Additionally sings covers ranging from swing right through to contemporary artist songs. Regularly performs locally but also goes further afield and will be performing in Madeira in May.
14:45 - 14:55 The Rejects
Aidan and Connor have performed together a few times. Although they will be performing to backing tracks both are accomplished musicians. Aidan plays piano and Connor plays French Horn.
15:00 - 15:10 Hannah and Stewart
Hannah Cutts and Stewart Saunders have both played A-Fest before. This will be Stewarts third year playing as he was part of the headline band Wisefool two years ago. Hannah, who ran an open mic at The Rockhouse, performed last year singing and playing acoustic guitar. This year they have joined forces playing a number of covers and original songs in two-part harmony.
15:15 – 15:25 Grant Sharkey
Grant Sharkey is a political comedy bassist with a mission. A one-man band with a difference, he has been a local favourite for years and his humorous music is as funny as it is sing-able.
15:40 – 16:00 Peaches
Five piece alt rock band, Peaches, are an Andover College band, formed this year they will be performing a variety of shoegaze and alternative rock hits from the last decade. Two singers make this band unique and Meggie designed the A-Fest Logo this year.
16:10 – 16:40 Dabhands
Four Piece alternative rock band, including Katie Campbell, Ryan Hick, Liam Corneloues and Lewis Griffiths James.
The Dabhands formed at college in Guildford combining funk/hiphop rhythm elements with huge guitars and impeccably crafted melodic earworms. They are set to release a string of singles on The Animal Farm this year. The first single Maybe I is out now and enjoying great support at BBC Radio.
16:50 - 17:10 Odyssey
Four piece psych/alternative rock band from Andover, including Lloyd Mitchell, Ollie Faith, Cameron Dewar and Todd Rattue. Formed recently at Andover College Odyssey are influenced by psychedelic music from the 60s to modern day including 13th floor elevators and tame impala.
17:20 - 18:00 Revenant
A four piece indie/alternative band from the south of England. Kai Marsh, Josh Yard, Connor Fealy and Sam Sutton will be playing originals and cover versions the revenant have been playing around Andover for years, soon to be recording an album.
For more information, take a look at the event's Facebook page.