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Forever Sun festival near Dorchester to open doors tomorrow
AFTER a year of preparation, the inaugural Forever Sun festival near Dorchester will open its gates tomorrow morning.
The two-day festival of music, dance and arts takes place at Came Park between Dorchester and Broadmayne on Friday and Saturday.
Bands and musicians taking part include Dodgy, Hugh Cornwell and The Blockheads alongside top local acts such as Andy Grant, Nick Capaldi and The Dolmen.
As well as live music, there will also be a dance tent, a book bus where people can chill out with a good read and a wide range of food and drink stalls to keep people fuelled throughout the weekend.
The festival has a capacity of 5,000 tickets and people are expected to start arriving from 7am on Friday morning, with Saturday day pass customers flocking in a steady stream from first thing on Saturday.
Organiser Jamie Pinnow said: “I can’t believe that after all that organisation I’m now standing in a field watching the stages being put up and the toilets put into place.
“When we set out to do Forever Sun, it was a much smaller thing and we didn’t expect it would turn out to be something this big. But I think that as it has grown, we have grown with it and become tougher and more sure about what we’re doing.”
A major part of the Forever Sun infrastructure has been traffic planning, and Mr Pinnow said that motorists should expect some delays this weekend along the A352 between Dorchester and the Poxwell roundabout.
“The last thing we want in any accidents so there are traffic lights and AA signs advising motorists of potential delays,” he said.
“We are expecting the busiest times to be from 7am on Friday morning when the weekend campers are allowed to start arriving, then later in the evening and also all-day on Saturday when the day-pass customers arrive.”
There are still a number of weekend tickets left as well as day passes, which can be bought at the gate.
This is the first time that Mr Pinnow, who has worked in the music business for 20 years, has organised a festival.
He said: “The people who live at Came said we were welcome to do an event in their field so we started planning just after Christmas last year and had most of the acts in place by May this year. We have been told our organisation has been good – and long may that continue.
“What I’m really looking forward to is standing in the festival site on Thursday evening, when it’s all ready to go. I have stood there so many times in the past few months trying to picture it, and to have it there, up and ready just waiting for the people to come, will be quite spooky, but also pretty amazing.”
For full details and tickets visit foreversun.co.uk
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