Cheeky fan gets his favourite band to play in Bournemouth

Acid jazz and funk pioneers The Brand New Heavies are to play in Bournemouth – after a fan asked them to perform in memory of his mum. Steve Heald, from Ferndown, who is being assisted by AE Jolliffe & Son of Douch Family Funeral Directors, will donate all profits of the concert to UK Dementia Research Institute.

Roll-up rib eaters!

Peckish pub-goers are invited to enter Ringwood’s inaugural rib eating competition to be held at The London Tavern. Entrants will have 15 minutes to munch the meat from as many pork ribs as they can – prepared by the pub’s top chef.

Buzzcocks’ Hardy connection

Buzzcocks frontman Steve Diggle has revealed that he was inspired by Thomas Hardy’s tale of Jude the Obscure. He was speaking after headlining the Barnstomper Festival in Cerne Abbas, Dorset.

Big buzz around Dorset music festival

Legendary punk rock band Buzzcocks are headlining a Dorset music festival being held in the shadow of the Cerne Abbas Giant and his 36 feet-long appendage.

UB40 leads to employment through Facebook

More than 70 bar staff who performed at a UB40 concert in Darlington were recruited exclusively over Facebook, it’s been revealed. Dani Gallone of Berry Recruitment in the town took to social media rather than rely on more traditional methods of recruiting.

Pupils’ reaction was off the scale

Pupils at Upton Junior School were delighted with a surprise visit to their school from electric string quartet stars Escala. After an eye-opening tour of the school’s music room, the girls performed in a special assembly for all the children, staff and governors. Escala, who rose to fame through their success on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, were runners-up in the … Read More

Upton House festival star Billy Ocean’s new release

Upton House Music Festival headliner Billy Ocean is bringing out a new album this summer. R&B king Billy is starring at the three-day Dorset festival’s 80s Extravaganza on Friday, 9 June with special guests Kim Wilde and Toyah. Award-laden Billy’s latest album ‘Here You Are: The Music Of My Life’ is packed with loving reworkings of some of his favourite … Read More

Phoenix from the flames

A major Exeter business has risen like a phoenix from the flames of a devastating blaze to ‘star’ in a series of prestigious summer concerts. But fans watching Olly Murs and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Powderham Castle on consecutive nights this July will probably not even notice the firm’s presence. For Devon Contract Waste (DCW) will be working mostly … Read More