2 May 2012
The new temporary home for Eastbourne Bandstand concerts this May and June launches with a bang, as concert-goers are treated to an evening of Abba tribute pop this Bank Holiday weekend, complete with a fantastic firework finale.
Friday evening’s Abba Tribute night will kick start the season with an evening of hits from leading UK tribute act ‘Abba Arrival’, who have performed songs from their Swedish pop star heroes all around the globe.
With hits such as Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen, fans will be dancing on the beach as the band perform their classic harmonies to live music, complete with choreographed dance routines and a glittering array of Abba costumes.
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “I am delighted to say that we are back in business with a full programme of concerts this summer and by launching our Abba tribute night with fireworks from the beach, we’re really getting the party started.
Tribute nights have become such a firm favourite with families, friends, workmates and hardcore fans because they are such fun night out and they celebrate great music, across many age groups.”
The new beach venue includes a temporary stage next to the Bandstand with deckchair seating, a wheelchair viewing area and a bar. The seating area will open at 7pm with the performance starting at 8pm.
All other concerts programmed for May and June will also continue as planned, with all except for Tribute nights being offered free of charge.
Starting this Sunday 6 May, the first free weekly traditional afternoon concert from Slinfold Concert Band begins at 3pm featuring film scores, big band classics, rousing marches and family favourites.
Sunday Night on the Proms opens from 3 June, Wednesday’s 1812 Firework Concerts begin from 6 June and Thursday’s Big Band Nights from 28 June. All other concerts including Monday’s Gilbert & Sullivan concerts, Saturday’s Rock n Roll Tribute nights and Tuesday’s Kids Summertime Special concerts are all due to begin in July when the Bandstand re-opens following completion of temporary repair works.
In the meantime repair work has allowed promenades to be re-opened surrounding the Bandstand, and wheeled barriers will restrict access to the lower promenade around the Bandstand for the Friday night concerts only.
Tribute night concert tickets cost Adults £7.25, Friends of Bandstand £6.75 and Child £5.25 in advance (on the door tickets cost £1 extra). All other concerts throughout May and June will be free of charge from the beach.
For more information visit the Bandstand website, telephone 01323 410611 or visit the Seafront Office, 6 Lower Parade, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD, open 10am to 5pm each day.