August 22, 2016
New Burnham-On-Sea music festival BOSfest to launch in 2017

?Leatherat (Pic by Tony Chambers)

A new Burnham-On-Sea music festival called BOSfest is to be launched next year to replace the town's Folkfest, which will be going out with a final farewell on September 3rd.

After a decade of musical fun and frolics, the final Folkfest was held last year but a special day-long music event is to be held at the Princess Theatre on Saturday, September 3rd to raise money for good causes.

Headlined by rockers Leatherat, pictured, there will also be performances by the young White Stripes-like duo Little Thief. Longstanding Folkfest favourites Hedgepig, featuring Rosie Eade, will also appear plus ska mentalists Daft Folk, heavy duty mayhem merchants Shades of Rock, plus Nick Elswood and a stripped-down version of Vermin.

The event will run from 2pm until late with entry costing £5 for an all-day wristband. Door proceeds will go to Burnham's Hillview Junior Carnival Club, and bar takings will go to the new 'BOSfest', a new music festival set to debut in 2017.

Departing Folkfest Chairman Dom Wills, right, told "September 3rd will be Burnham's biggest and best gig of 2016."

"We're very pleased to be supporting Hillview once again, and absolutely delighted that people have had the courage and resourcefulness to start up BOSfest."

"We wish them all the very best and we're convinced the people of Burnham will support them just as they have always supported Folkfest. Folkfest is dead... long live BOSfest!"

Timings for the event on September 3rd will be as follows: 2pm: Daft Folk, 3.30pm: Shades Of Rock, 5pm: Nick Elswood, 6pm: Mervin, 7pm: Hedgepig, 8.30: Little Thief, and 10pm: Leatherat.

Dom explained to last November why Folkfest was being cancelled: "Basically, we've lost too many of our key staff, burned-out by a decade of hard unpaid work. While Folkfest has been a wild success, too much work has fallen on too few shoulders."

Also see:
Shock as Burnham-On-Sea Folkfest 2016 is cancelled
What's on in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge


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