Summer of sounds for Campbell Park

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THIS summer, the usually tranquil setting of Campbell Park will have more than gentle breeze and bird song filling the air – more than 120 bands and artists will be making great use of the new amphitheatre, writes Sammy Jones.

Gecko Events, which staged last year’s successful Summer Fayre has decided to expand on that triumph by bringing back the Fayre, but also staging a further three festivals in the vicinity over the course of the summer.

It is a bold move by Gecko Events to bring music to the masses, but say the organisers, it’s a win-win situation: “We are going to be presenting more diverse regional music to the region than ever before, so the public win, and the artists win.”

The Summer Fayre attracted close to 10,000 music fans last year, keen to soak up the sounds and the sunshine at the free event.

More free festivals means more free fun, which is a rarity in the current economically tough times.

“We truly believe in the people’s festival, by the people and for the people,” says Paul Rivers, one of those behind the schedule.

Things get under way on Saturday, June 16, with Unplugged in the Park, a two-day extravaganza offering an array of folk, blues and rock sounds: “We are completely independent of any funding and are not taking anything away from the charity groups and organisations who we feel really need what little funding is out there,” Paul added.

Celebrated rocker Del Bromham, brilliant-blues lady Bex Marshall and soul sensation Nicky Prince are among the many artists sounding out over the weekend.

“We just want to celebrate music in the new city and give something back to our community,” Paul added, “We all deserve something to look forward to!”

> For full line-ups and future Gecko Events, visit www.gecko-festivals.com and keep checking the Citizen’s GO! section, the area’s biggest and best read music and entertainment guide.