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Summer Westival mixes music with family fun day

Festival-goers will not need to travel far this weekend to catch a glimpse of some of the best musical talent in the area

Peter Douglas performing at the Summer Westival in 2013

The West End Centre in Aldershot is once again hosting its Summer Westival, celebrating and embracing live music.

With real grass throughout the indoor venue, there will be a beer tent and arts & crafts activities.

Almost 100 schoolchildren got their summer holidays off to a creative and exciting start on Monday (July 27) by helping the Westy decorate its gallery in preparation for this weekend’s event.

Working with professional artists Callum Buckland and Kev Munday, the free workshop invited children to draw on the gallery walls as well as make paper pom-poms and 'upcycle' chairs with colourful spray paints, which will adorn the centre.

Jenni Upstill, arts development officer at the Westy, said: “It was fantastic to see so many children having fun and creating such amazing artwork.

"We’re tempted to leave them up after the weekend.

“The Summer Westival is always one of the highlights of our year, a real music festival that the weather cannot spoil, and this new art will make it even better.”

 

Running from Friday to Sunday, musicians will perform every night from 6.45pm until midnight, with a family fun day taking place from 1.45pm until 6pm on Saturday.

The renowned Throw A Wobbler pottery taster sessions and T-shirt printing workshops will be some of the activities on offer for kids, and children under 12 are admitted free.

Kicking off the festival are Aldershot’s very own TwoThirtyTwo, plus folk duo Nizlopi - from Leamington Spa and proud owners of a number one single with JCB - and Bracknell four-piece The Influence, with their gloriously dirty pop music.

On Saturday, main stage hosts are seven-piece, party-reggae collective Shanty, from north-west London.

Other acts include Farnborough’s Freeze The Atlantic, Origami Heart and Guildford’s Red Kites and Surrey quintet, Our Lost Infantry.

Weekend tickets cost £42, with Friday and Saturday evenings at £12, and Sunday £8.50. Saturday afternoon’s family fun tickets are £8.50 for adults. All tickets are available from the box office on 01252 330040.

 

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