LIVE: All set for Forever Sun and Warm festivals in Dorchester

Dorset Echo:

11:44am Friday 25th July 2014

THOSE of you of a nervous disposition should look away now. But there are many people among us who have dug out their ageing flips-flops and crusty budgie smugglers this weekend for the mahoosive Forever Sun festival near Dorchester which runs from tonight, Friday, July 25, to Sunday, July 27

The Bon Jovi Experience

Dorset Echo:

11:38am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHEN it comes to big name stars like Bon Jovi ‘rockin and a rollin’ into town, Weymouth isn’t top of the list of touring venues.

Kevin Lovatt as Johnny Cash tonight

Dorset Echo:

11:41am Thursday 24th July 2014

KEVIN Lovatt is back at Weymouth Pavilion tonight doing a turn as Johnny Cash.

Festival ticket offer

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

11:42am Thursday 24th July 2014

PURBECK Folk Festival has a buy-one-get-one-free offer on day tickets until August 15, available for anyone living in the DT postcode area.

Out of the Blue concert

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

10:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN ALL-MALE a cappella group is launching their new album at The Mowlem Theatre in Swanage on Sunday, July 27.

60s pop group The Searchers playing Weymouth Pavilion

Dorset Echo:

10:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SIXTIES pop group The Searchers are coming to Weymouth Pavilion on August 28.

Oh Delilah! It’s knickers for Tom as Larmer Tree crowd gets into the spirit

Dorset Echo:

3:24pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT is an absolute delight at Larmer Tree to discover unexpected gems.

Taking it from the top...

Dorset Echo:

10:58am Friday 18th July 2014

THERE really is a first time for everything. Interviewing Joe Washbourn, lead singer of Toploader, is the first time I’ve been praised for subtlety in an interview, writes Joanna Davis.

Piano trio to hit right note

Dorset Echo:

10:47am Friday 18th July 2014

THE soaring sound of the Dorchester Piano Trio will be filling Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Hall with mjusic on Thursday, July 24 from 1pm.

It's definitely a kind of magic...

Dorset Echo:

10:45am Friday 18th July 2014

WHEN Rob Comber hits the stage dressed in that iconic yellow jacket, something special happens, writes Joanna Davis.

Camp Bestival dedicates a space to teenagers

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

10:15am Tuesday 15th July 2014

FOR the first time Camp Bestival is including The Den, an area dedicated solely to 13 to 17-year-olds.

There's more than just One Direction...

Dorset Echo:

10:08am Tuesday 15th July 2014

TEEN dreams will be lived when One Direction tribute act Only One Direction bring their concert to Weymouth Pavilion on August 15.

Young folk star added to Purbeck Festival line-up

Dorset Echo:

12:00pm Saturday 12th July 2014

YOUNG British artist Blair Dunlop has been announced as a special guest addition to this year’s bill at Purbeck Folk Festival.

Check out The Barcodes

Dorset Echo:

2:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE Barcodes are ready for a rip roaring blues night at Dorchester Arts Centre tomorrow from 7.30pm.

GIG GUIDE: Sprit of Chickerell, Tea on the Quay, Forever Sun all coming up

Dorset Echo:

11:10am Friday 11th July 2014

WE’VE had a great run of good weather and it looks set to continue so, in the words of the bloke whose pint I knocked over the other night while watching the football, let’s take this outside…

Orchestra to perform Proms standards

Dorset Echo:

11:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A PATRIOTIC concert with a touch of Hollywood glamour is coming to Weymouth.

Staying out for the summer - Dodgy hit West Dorset

Dorset Echo:

1:49pm Friday 4th July 2014

IT’S unlikely that Dorset pupils bat an eyelid when a bearded unassuming-looking music teacher visits their school to teach them the art of drumming.

LIVE: Stupidity pay homage to Dr Feelgood and The Barcodes at DA Blues

Dorset Echo:

8:58am Friday 4th July 2014

SOMETIMES it’s the simple things that are the most effective musically: a straightforward three chords, a rock solid four on the floor, a rasping vocal. Job’s a good’un…

Top folk musicians at Show of Hands festival in Abbotsbury on Saturday

Dorset Echo:

12:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A SUMMER family concert will make Abbotsbury sizzle on Saturday.

Pianist to give lunchtime recital in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: Pianist David McNulty

12:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

A LUNCHTIME recital is to be given in Weymouth by pianist David McNulty.

GIG GUIDE: Chesil Rocks, plus A Midsummer Nightmare at the Old Town Hall in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: PIRATES AND FAERIES: Pixiephonic are at the Old Town Hall in Weymouth tonight

1:07pm Friday 27th June 2014

AS I roll around in a swimming pool of mud and human waste, especially flown in and dumped in my back garden, hoping to catch a glimpse of some bearded and tattooed oaf twanging a guitar about four miles away and also hoping to catch a glimpse of my possessions recently liberated from my collapsed tent, I think to myself: Do I really have to go to so much effort to recreate the festival experience?

Rise up for Purbeck Folk Festival

Dorset Echo: The winners of last year’s Purbeck Rising, Big Tent and the Gypsy Lantern

10:02am Friday 27th June 2014

PURBECK Folk Festival’s annual talent contest Purbeck Rising is now an established fixture on the UK folk scene.

REVIEW: Best of Gilbert and Sullivan Gala Concert, Lighthouse, Poole

Dorset Echo: REVIEW: Best of Gilbert and Sullivan Gala Concert, Lighthouse, Poole

9:59am Friday 27th June 2014

IT has been several decades since there was a Gilbert & Sullivan extravaganza with professionals and accomplished groups of Savoyard enthusiasts combining, but The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan Gala Concert, pictured, at Lighthouse, Poole proved that the wait was over. Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society hosted the evening and provided a dozen talented singers in four ensemble numbers plus a chorus which, with friends from societies near and far, numbered nearly 100.

REVIEW: Weymouth lunchtime chamber concert at St Mary’s Church, Weymouth

Dorset Echo: Duncan Honeybourne

9:58am Friday 27th June 2014

THE Wessex piano quartet (Catrin Win Morgan, violin; Stephanie Chambers viola; Sally Flann, cello; and Duncan Honeybourne, right, piano) played 19th and 20th century music.

Orchestra plays

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

10:11am Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE Chamber Philharmonia Cologne orchestra is performing on Monday, August 25 at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Dorchester.

Ghosts grace screen

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

10:11am Tuesday 24th June 2014

HENRIK Ibsens’s classic play Ghosts, starring Lesley Manville, is being shown at the Regent Theatre in Christchurch on Wednesday, July 9.

Celtic rock and folk sounds at quay gig

Dorset Echo: WHAT A LINE-UP: The Churchfitters

10:10am Tuesday 24th June 2014

FOLK fans will be flocking to Poole at the weekend for Folk on the Quay.

LIVE: Reel Big Fish at Weymouth Pavilion

Dorset Echo: LOOK OUT, THEY’VE GOT BEARDS: US ska-punk giants Reel Big Fish are at Weymouth Pavilion on July 15

1:03pm Friday 20th June 2014

It’s always nice to welcome big name bands to this sleepy part of the world so get ready to give a great big How D’ya Doodily Doo to Southern California’s finest Reel Big Fish.

Sound of the lute

Dorset Echo: Sound of the lute

12:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE sound of the lute is coming to Dewlish Chapel this weekend.

Briantspuddle Singers to hold their summer concert at Herrison Hall

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

12:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

BRIANTSPUDDLE Singers are holding their summer concert on Saturday starting at 7.30pm at Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, near Dorchester.

Glittering Gala concert to celebrate work of Gilbert and Sullivan

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

12:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

THE magic of Gilbert and Sullivan will be heard at a glittering Gala Concert at Lighthouse, Poole on Saturday.

LIVE: Dorchester Carnival, Ska Fest II and Jumpin Jimmy Thunder

Dorset Echo: ROCK STEADY: The Decatonics are at the Spice Ship’s Ska Fest next Saturday, June 21

10:44am Friday 13th June 2014

Well, after seemingly endless anticipation, it’s finally here – one of the most eagerly awaited events for absolutely ages. All the colour, all the noise, all the drama, the highs, the lows, the glory of triumph, the anguish of defeat, the skill, the athleticism, all played out in front of an audience of, well maybe a few hundred.

GIG GUIDE: Mike McGear McCartney and Dale Storr at Dorchester Arts Centre

Dorset Echo: SCOUSE  ABOUT THAT?  Mike McGear McCartney is at Dorchester Arts Centre next Friday

9:45am Friday 6th June 2014

THERE’s a remarkable double of events coming up at Dorchester Arts Centre next week.

Annual Wessex Folk Festival hits Weymouth's harbourside

Dorset Echo: Annual Wessex Folk Festival hits Weymouth's harbourside

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

THE lively sound of folk music will be coming from Weymouth harbourside this weekend.

Legendary bluesman Geno Washington brings his Yo-Yos to Lyme Regis

Dorset Echo: Geno Washington

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

THE man who once counted Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and The Small Faces as support acts is reciting his own brand of Shakespeare down the phone to me.

Shout it from the rooftops, 90's Britpop icons Republica are ready to go

Dorset Echo: Shout it from the rooftops, 90's Britpop icons Republica are ready to go

9:00am Friday 30th May 2014

A NEW live music venue in Dorchester is Ready to Go. The Britpop sounds of Republica will be the first to be heard at Room 38 in the Trinity Club tomorrow night – the town’s newest music venue.

LIVE: Punk night at Finn's, Republica in Dorchester and Windy 500 multi-band bash at Lazy Lizard in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: WE’RE BOUNCY AND ANTHEMIC, APPARENTLY: London band Rivalries are at Finn’s tonight

11:07am Friday 30th May 2014

IF anyone tells you they’re staying in this weekend to watch Britain’s Got Talent or just tidy their sock drawer or file their toenail clippings because there’s nothing else going on, you have my permission to grab the nearest frying pan and wrap it firmly, Vic and Bob style, around their stupid head.

GIG GUIDE: Quayside Festival, Fayre in the Square, The Beat and The Rutles in bumper bank holiday live music bonanza

Dorset Echo: TOP RANK:  Ranking Roger and Ranking Junior of The Beat who are Dorchester Corn Exchange on Monday

10:28am Friday 23rd May 2014

There’s no getting away from it, this bank holiday weekend is an absolute monster as far as live music is concerned. A monster so big and scary it makes Godzilla look like a lickle pink fluffy pussy cat. Meow.

Hadley back on the road performing Spandau hits

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

12:00pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

FOLLOWING his sold out shows last autumn Tony Hadley has announced a full nationwide tour performing hits of Spandau Ballet once again with the Southbank Sinfonia and will be playing the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on Wednesday, October 8.

LIVE: Shooter, Stereoironics, Hustle in Breast Cancer Care fundraiser gig, plus The Young Folk and Spice Ship ska festival

Dorset Echo: BEARD ALERT:  The Young Folk are at Dorchester Arts Centre tonight

10:11am Friday 16th May 2014

WE all love a good sing-song and we all love a good cause. Put the two together and what have you got? Well, probably something very similar to the charity band night next Saturday, May 24, at the Rendezvous in Weymouth.

Accordion and trumpet duo brass Buttons line up church performance

Dorset Echo: CHURCH PERFORMANCE: Brass Buttons

2:00pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

ACCORDION and trumpet duo Brass Buttons are to perform at Weymouth Bay Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 7.

Where there’s really a Will...

Dorset Echo: WALKING TOUR: Will Varley is at Tom Brown’s in Dorchester on Monday

2:00pm Friday 9th May 2014

THERE will be a serious outbreak of beards at Tom Brown’s in Dorchester on Monday, May 12, with three exciting folk-acts from across the country.

LIVE: Nick Welsh ska'd for life at Dorchester Arts Centre

Dorset Echo: THERE’S A SKA MAN, WAITING IN THE SKY: Nick Welsh is at Dorchester Arts Centre tonight

10:35am Friday 9th May 2014

YOU can’t beat a bit of ska to get the party going so it’s time to polish up your moonstomping Doc Marten’s and put on your pork pie hats for a night of skanking tonight.

Taste of honey at the Electric Palace

Dorset Echo: Jonny Slut in action

3:00pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

HONEY Trap Disco are back at the Electric Palace in Bridport tonight with guest DJ Felix Martin from Hot Chip

LIVE: Arthur Brown's Crazy World heads to Bridport, plus Mayfest and Spring Break in Weymouth

Dorset Echo: YOU’RE GONNA LEARN:  Arthur Brown will appear at the Electric Palace in Bridport next Friday

10:22am Friday 2nd May 2014

I AM THE GOD OF HELL FIRE, and I bring you... one of the most enduring and flamboyant rock icons of all time.

Roots champ playing village hall venue

Dorset Echo: SOLO GIG: Phil Beer

3:00pm Sunday 27th April 2014

MUSICIAN extraordinaire and one half of Show of Hands, Phil Beer is coming to Osmington Village Hall near Weymouth on Sunday, May 18.

LIVE: Garry Foley as Elvis,Ben Waters warms up, plus Spring Break at Lizard

Dorset Echo: ALL SHOOK UP: Garry Foley takes his Elvis show to The Rock in Weymouth next Friday, May 2

10:18am Friday 25th April 2014

I DON’T know, bank holidays are like buses. Grubby, noisy and full of weirdos, you wait for one and then another comes along straight after it.

Gordon Giltrap rocks on

Dorset Echo: Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman

4:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

MUCH-LOVED musician Gordon Giltrap is calling in at Mr Kyp’s in Poole on Saturday as part of his tour with Oliver Wakeman and a full rock band.

Dorchester Arts offers free acting workshop

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

1:25pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

EVER wanted to have a go at acting?

Turin Brakes added to strongest Purbeck Folk Festival line-up to date

Dorset Echo: SUMMER SHOW: Turin Brakes

1:18pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TURIN Brakes are the latest addition to this year’s Purbeck Folk Festival.



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