THE hunt is on for culinary talent as South West Chef of the Year 2015 opens for entries. This prestigious cooking competition offers aspiring chefs, those already working in the industry and home cooks the opportunity to gain recognition for their culinary skill.
BILLY Bragg, The Beat and Seth Lakeman will be among the acts providing the soundtrack to this weekend’s Tolpuddle Martyrs festival. The event is already under way but the main day is Sunday when thousands of trade unionists join a rally to commemorate the six farm workers transported to Australia after forming a union.
GET on board for the holiday season when one of the most famous feel-good films comes to the big screen at the Regent in Christchurch. Summer Holiday (U), starring Cliff Richard & The Shadows, who had already made the film's title track a number one hit.
BOURNEMOUTH singer-songwriter Drew Allen is an exciting prospect, after supporting James Blunt, performing for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and gaining fans in America ahead of his double Larmer Tree Festival performance this week. The musician, who grew up in Southbourne, will be playing tomorrow afternoon and the Saturday of the festival that runs between July 14 and 19.
FREQUENTLY cited as one of the UK's top folk singers and always hugely popular when she appears in Cornwall, Kate Rusby makes a welcome return to Poole this September Kate's soulful vocals have a rare ability to transport her audience, touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.
A SMASH hit on Broadway, in the West End and most recently in a critically-acclaimed 2014 UK Tour, award-winning comedy musical Avenue Q will bringing a host of fuzzy friends to Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre from Monday 10 to Saturday, August 15.
BOURNEMOUTH/LONDON indie band Hunck is currently making waves on the music scene and need your support. The North London based quintet have reached the final stages of a public vote for the Relentless ‘Here to be Heard’ competition, where they were picked as one of five finalists by the band Everything Everything.
THE Purbeck Valley Folk Festival (27-30 August) is set to celebrate the flourishing UK folk scene with its very own talent contest, Purbeck Rising. Started in response to the hundreds of applications received from bands and artists wanting to play the Festival, Purbeck Rising offers an opportunity for new acts to play at the family festival with a main stage slot, a day’s studio recording and much more up for grabs.
WELSH pop singer Marina and The Diamonds has announced her first UK headline tour in support of her third album FROOT. The Neon Nature Tour kicks off in Cambridge in November with a date at the O2 Academy Bournemouth on November 21.
FOLLOWING a triumphant set at Glastonbury, singer Lianne La Havas has announced a new UK and Ireland tour, which includes a date at the O2 Academy Bournemouth on December 5. This comes ahead of the July 31 release of her eagerly anticipated new album Blood.
BOURNEMOUTH playwright and filmmaker Steven Murphy has almost completed his second feature film, My Saviour. The former bouncer emerged from the local arts scene in 2009 with his debut play Doorways that was based on his 20 years experience of working on the door.
NEXT month, Poole will play host to its first Beer and Bluegrass Festival on July 24-25 at St Aldhelms Hall in Branksome. Festival organiser Martin Hickman told the Daily Echo: “We wanted to go back to a time when small festivals were fun and we have carefully selected a line up of great musicians who have that down home vibe and play good time Bluegrass and Americana, all played with verve and a smile, we think you will love it.”
BURSTING with headline acts and family fun galore, the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival (August 27-30), is set to be the highlight of the summer. Legendary acts rub shoulders with upcoming talent amidst the beautiful hillside surroundings of the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival located on the A351 (Valley Road) between Corfe Castle and Swanage. The stellar line-up announced so far includes Chris Difford, Justin Currie, Richard Thompson, Stornoway, Hot Rize, Kathryn Tickell, Megson, Martha Tilston &
LAST year’s family folk festival on Poole Quay was enjoyed by thousands of visitors over the two days of free music. Now organisers are hoping to repeat that rip-roaring success with this year’s Folk on the Quay on June 27 and 28.
BOURNEMOUTH cafe bar Jalarra continues its live music with a mouth-watering calendar of leading acts performing throughout the month. Wednesday night sees one of Britain’s brightest and busiest sax players Derek Nash playing at the venue on Poole Hill.
THERE'S some new food for thought to whet your appetite at this Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival Festival. For the first time a number of restaurants, hotels and bars across the area have signed up to #FOOD15, which offers customers a range of great meals and taster menus for just £15 for the duration of the festival.
LITHUANIAN-born indie dance songstress Klaudia and Bournemouth-based singer songwriter Kirsty Lowless will both be appearing at Grooves on the Green festival in Poole next month after winning the latest round of The Calling. The talent contest is run by the Bournemouth Daily Echo and Grooves on the Green festival to find emerging new acts that will perform on The Calling stage hosted by Si Genaro.
NOW running for over 20 years, this year’s SUBU Summer Ball attracted 7,000 Bournemouth students on Saturday night. The end of year blowout saw a mind-blowing array of fancy dress costumes with the revelry continuing until dawn with the plucky few posing for the Survivors photo at Pier Approach.
IT was as if we had stepped into the pages of a Lewis Carroll novel. Students at Bournemouth & Poole College brought the author's classic children's tale to life when they hosted a special Night in Wonderland event.
POOLE singer/songwriter Tara Flanagan is set to launch her first single at Mr Kyps in Lower Parkstone with a show on June 28. The talented St Edwards sixth-form school student has just released the video to new single Run Run Run this week.
ONE of Scotland's greatest exports, The Proclaimers, will be performing at Bournemouth Pavilion this Friday. Strikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have over the years enjoyed huge successes across the globe and last month they released their 10th album produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Steet Preachers, Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey) on the Cooking Vinyl label.
PUNK star Toyah Willcox comes to Poole next week for a gig at Mr Kyps. The 56-year-old singer, actress and reality TV star - who hit the charts in 1981 with It's A Mystery and I Want To Be Free and appeared in The Who-inspired 1979 film Quadrophenia and Derek Jarman's seminal Jubilee- will be at the Lower Parkstone venue on June 13, to give her Proud, Loud and Electric gig.
IT seems apt that one of the most original musicians in Bournemouth should team up with one of the most original new venues. Saturday evening sees eclectic local musician Momo:tempo launch his new album at the recently opened Jalarra on Poole Hill, Bournemouth.
AFTER three years of creating the finest locally-sourced and seasonal cuisine at its Michelin recommended restaurant, The Tickled Pig is set to unveil a brand new breed of delicatessen café and kitchen.
YOU may have heard him on the hugely popular BBC Radio 4 series Meet David Sedaris or you might be one of the millions worldwide who have read one of his many books. Now, after three sell-out runs in London, two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Festival stints and a sell out UK 2014 tour; David Sedaris will once again set out across the UK in June including a date at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on Wednesday, June 3.
BOURNEMOUTH singer-songwriter Drew Allen is set to play at an award ceremony for the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki-moon at the Tipperary Peace Convention this Sunday. The annual event In Ireland will honour Mr Ban Ki-moon with the International Peace Award.
AWARDED Specialist Merchant of the Year for England 2014, Waitrose’s online range includes Bolney Estate Briar Rose Sparkling, Sussex (£24.99, www.waitrosecellar.com). A delicate pale peach rose from one of our leading wine estates, it has light biscuity notes with a hint of strawberry shortbread that leads to a crisp palate with tangy raspberry notes.
ACOUSTIC indie rockers Fearne have become a firm fixture in Dorset over the past five years. Best known as an indie band, 2014 saw the start of a change in musical direction for the Bournemouth-born trio, Alex, Nick and Adam.
STUDENTS from the Arts University Bournemouth are bringing an inspiring production of the play Blue Stockings to Pavilion Dance South West tomorrow evening. The social drama will feature the talents of many students from different departments and runs until Saturday.