Crowds surge to weekend musical festival near Winchester

Andover Advertiser: Over 2,000 turned out for the Alresford Music Festival on Saturday. Over 2,000 turned out for the Alresford Music Festival on Saturday.

IT was a sell-out, and promised to whet the musical appetites of the young and old of Winchester.

On a day that looked set for torrential rain and thunderstorms, it could easily have been a wash out, but instead the Alresford Music Festival at Arlebury Park saw over 2,000 people gather for a taste of what the county’s musical talent, and beyond, can deliver.

Featuring artists such as The Earthlights Boogie Band, BOMBS, Tori Reed and The Hattie Jacques’ Playlist, the arena was full of picnicking friends and families basking in the weekend sunshine.

There were areas specifically designed to entertain children, with dance workshops, football skills from Alresford Town Youth and even zorbing.

The festival, on Saturday (June 7), boasted four stages, including an indoor acoustic arena and stalls from local businesses.

Last year’s event raised £10,000 for local charities, and one of the organisers, Tim Miller, said they were hoping to beat that target.

“The idea is to appeal to people of ages and demographics. We have folk singers, indie bands, and then later on in the day party bands,” he said.

“It costs £30,000 to put on by the time we have paid for everything, but any profit we make is then donated to charity. We sold 2,000 tickets in advance, and 200 camping tickets.”

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