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Next year’s Upton House Music Festival already being planned

Next year’s Upton House Music Festival already being planned.Sir Bryn Terfel
 
The spectacular Upton House Music Festival was so successful that next year’s event is already being planned. 

The three-day festival which ended on Saturday attracted thousands of people to the Poole venue.

Attendance was more than 20% up on the previous year as music fans flocked to see a host of big names, including Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean and Sir Bryn Terfel.
Festival spokesman Stephen McManus said: “We will certainly be back in 2018 and are currently in the middle of deciding which artistes we may want for next year.
“Once we have everything in place – which does take time to get it right – we will be able to announce dates and the line-up.

“I am glad so many people had such a great time. As the festival grows we are learning more about exactly what our audiences want – and we certainly take all their comments into account.

 

“We were blessed with the weather on the final two nights, but even on the first evening, which was more inclement, it was so good to see the public braving the elements and enjoying their picnics.

“Our next big Dorset show is Olly Murs in Kings Park, Bournemouth, on Saturday August 5 and I hope as many people as possible who were at Upton will come along to see this fantastic singer.”

Social media exploded with messages of thanks following the Upton festival.

Online comments from Michael Bolton fans included: ‘Michael thanks once again for giving us another outstanding show at Upton House!!!!’ (annathome28); ‘Such a great performance in Poole on Saturday come back soon’ (goldysar) and ‘Great performance in Poole’ (aresti.anna).

Other comments included: ‘Fabulous time at the 80s night. Toyah, Kim Wilde and Billy Ocean were all outstanding. Totally relived my youth. Well organised event. Look forward to next year’ (Vanessa Jane).Eighties Night

'First time visiting this event, we went for the 80s night and it was excellent. Please do another one next year. Well organised, no trouble and great acts’ (Marie Cole).

And even 80s star Toyah, who said she courted husband Robert Fripp just a mile from the venue more than 30 years ago, tweeted: ‘UPTON HOUSE 2nite.....4,000 people and no rain........ yipeeeeeeeee xxx’.

Hundreds of people enjoyed fine dining courtesy of Beales Gourmet in private marquees and watched the shows from front of stage seats. Others took advantage of the large variety of food and drink stalls.

Three charities ended up thousands of pounds better off as generous festival-goers dug deep for Forest Holme Hospice, Project Q and Poole Hospital Charity.

Festival sponsors Porsche Centre Bournemouth, Mazars, Steel Raymond and United Taxis all attended the festival with staff and clients.

Upton House Music Festival began in the rain with exciting all female electric string quartet Escala, but the skies cleared as world renowned bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, Australian soprano Lauren Fagan and the celebrated BSO Concert Orchestra took to the stage.

Friday’s 1980s extravaganza saw the Upton House front lawn packed with revellers enjoying the sounds of Toyah, Kim Wilde and the great r’n’b king Billy Ocean.
And on Saturday international superstar Michael Bolton’s exclusive-to-Upton appearance saw the king of ballads even venture out into his adoring audience to perform one song surrounded by a sea of phones.

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