Make sure you dash along to enjoy festival


It’s music all the way in Hemel Hempstead town centre on Saturday as a string of bands aims to bring a little glimpse of Glastonbury to Marlowes.

The Rolling Stones may not be planning to make an appearance and even Bruce Forsyth is otherwise engaged, but the cream of the town’s talent will be tuning up to show what they can do at the bandstand, starting from 11am.

It’s billed as the Big Gig, part of the summerlong Dashfest arts and culture programme that stretches to all corners of the borough.

Brian Doran of Dashfest said: “Our Big Gig aims to bring our community together to celebrate our local musical talent and get more people involved in making music.

“The gig will feature a variety of musical talents from acoustic artists, both original and covers, and performance poetry.”

The line-up, for those who want to time their Saturday shopping to make sure they don’t miss their favourites, is: 11am The Antipoet; 11.10am Duncan Byiers; 11.10am Jennie Joy; 11.30am George & Carrie; 11.40am Emma McGrath; 11.50am Danni Antagonist; 12 noon Shelby Singfield;

12.10pm Shadwell Smith; 12.20pm Dodo Bones; 12.40 Riccardo Criscenti;

12.50pm Pretty Freaks; 1.10pm; Changeling Ents; 1.20pm Fourth Dimension; 1.35pm Poeterry; 1.45pm The Caution Horses; 2.05pm The Antipoet; 2.20pm Scandal.

And that’s not the only event coming under the Dashfest umbrella this weekend – there’s also the Water Festival at Frogmore Paper Mill, on Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

There will be boat rides, history and heritage tours, stalls, live entertainment, a barbecue and much more.

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