The Frome Festival will be celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and our line up of internationally famous performers is now coming together.
Top of the comedy billing is Reginald D Hunter the American born comedian making his second appearance at the Festival. He will play at the Memorial Theatre Saturday 4th July. Reginald has appeared on TV and radio, notably on BBC’s “Live at the Apollo” and “Have I Got News for You”. He recently hosted a documentary series on music in his homeland of the Deep South.
On Saturday 11th July quirky comedian Paul Foot, also a regular on TV, will appear at the Merlin Theatre, while cult singer and comedian Mitch Benn will play at the Masonic Hall on July 6th. Humorous poet John Hegley will also be appearing at the Masonic Hall on Thursday 9th July.
Major music acts are also set to appear at the Festival including: 70s Disco legends, The Real Thing at the Memorial theatre on Friday 3rd July. Original vocalists Chris Amoo and Dave Smith and a live 5 piece band, will be touring on the back of a new movie ‘EVERYTHING’ and a Greatest Hits album out on Universal records. Featuring no. 1 hits such as ‘You to Me are Everything’, ‘Can’t get by Without You’, and ‘Feel the Force’.
Andy Fairweather Low, the much -loved singer and guitarist who fronted Amen Corner in the 60’s and achieved a massive hit with “If Paradise is Half as Nice”, will be performing at the Cheese and Grain on Sunday 5th July. Andy also featured in the classic “Concert for George” tribute to George Harrison alongside Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Other very big names in the music world are set to be announced by the end of March.
Also you may remember that we are hoping to bring the Bullzini Family Circus to Frome. This would be a free outdoor event, culminating in a breath-taking tight rope walk by world famous funambulist Chris Bullzini. We have applied to the People’s Budget to make this happen and have made a short film. The tightrope location and number of performers is still to be finalised. We would be very grateful if you would vote for us. Click here to see our youtube film. Click here to vote for us (Please scroll through to end as we are listed 4th out of 4 applications).
Whilst we’re keeping our fingers crossed on funding for this project, we can let you know that we will definitely be putting on a Festival exhibition at Rook Lane Arts Chapel, celebrating 20 years of Frome Festivals. You’ll be able to see the Frome Festival memorabilia, interviews and posters on display, right back to the very first one in 2000. Rook Lane will be hosting several events throughout the Festival week including the Short Story Competition Prize giving and readings in the afternoon on Saturday 11th July, with the fabulous Bel Mooney as judge. This will be hosted by the Frome Writers Collective and is a free event.
We’re also happy to announce that the Moscow Drug Club will be returning to the Festival after their sell-out performance last year and will be performing at Rook Lane on Wednesday 8th July. If you missed them last time you are in for a real treat!
Watch this space for further announcements, and of course please don’t forget to vote!
THE FESTIVAL TEAM