Festival of Sound in Newhaven set to be biggest ever

Last year's Festival of Sound
Last year's Festival of Sound

Lasers, fireworks and live music will be amongst the attractions at this year’s Festival of Sound at Newhaven Fort.

Last year there were 400 tickets available for the festival, but

this year there will be 1,000.

A temporary fire escape will be installed for the event which increases the venue’s capacity from 400 to 1,800, rivalling the Brighton Dome Concert Hall.

Tickets are on sale now for the exciting event which takes place on Saturday September 12.

There will be 46 acts performing across five purpose built stages as the Victorian hill fort is brought to life.

Festival organiser Dean Amy said: “Last year’s festival tested the viability of holding a large music festival in the Fort.

“It coped extremely well considering it was built in 1841 to safeguard Newhaven, and the event sold out in a matter of weeks.

“This year we are bringing so much more to the festival, with bigger and better effects including fireworks and lasers. I don’t want to give too much away so let’s just say it will be even more spectacular than last year.

“Tickets are selling extremely well already and are expected to sell out again this year, last year’s event brought an extremely diverse mix of people together, which produced an amazing atmosphere.”

Stage areas will be in tunnels, barracks and parade grounds.

An eclectic range of bands and DJs will perform, with music ranging from folk rock to drum and bass.

There will be fully licensed bars and food areas in and around the Romney Hut.

Circus acts will be on hand to entertain the crowds and teach circus skills.

Several up and coming acts who are releasing albums and are appearing on both TV and radio will perform too.

One performer, Fable, a singer song writer based in Brighton, is working with the Paul Hartnoll from Orbital.

Archive and Dave Gilmour will headline the main Stage, after sets from Fragile Creatures, Dark Matta, Large, Krypton, Insane Society, Crooked Rooks, Dub n Tuff roots reggae band, and MTV’s brand new for 2015 act, Of Empires.

Plus with more than 25 DJs playing the event and another nine live bands there will be something for everyone.

This year the Festival of Sound is supporting children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House.

Doors open at noon and close at 11pm.

Tickets £20 from Newhaven Fort 01273 517622 or Oscar Computers in Seaford by calling 01323 897740 (over 18s only).

Main stage: Fable, Fragile Creatures, Dark Matta, Large, Krypton, Crooked Rooks, Insane Society, Of Empires, Dub n Tuff Roots Reggae Band.

Local band stage: Badger Attack, The Devils Queen, The Equatorial Group, Rooster Tail, The Corrupted, Snakebyte, The Need, Full Houise and the Bourbon Cowboys.

Underground DJ Stage: DJs Morf and Risky, DJ Nick Hook, Jellfunk Allstars, DJ Tim Sneath, DJ JFX, DJ JMX, DJ Stray, Deadnoize and Southstar Radio.

There is also the Gun Emplacement Stage and Therapy Stage with many more acts.