Must see event in fort’s calendar in Newhaven

Newhaven Fort during the Festival of Sound by Martin Sinnock
Newhaven Fort during the Festival of Sound by Martin Sinnock

A major new festival transformed Newhaven Fort into a kaleidoscope of colour and waves of sound on Saturday September 27.

The Festival of Sound saw four stage areas set up around the historic fort, showcasing various genres of music and culminating in a spectacular firework display.

Four hundred revellers enjoyed bands and DJs from across the South East in a unique setting involving tunnels, the Romney Hut and a drill hall.

Festival of Sound spokesman Dean Amy said: “It was an incredible achievement to pull this off, nothing like this has ever been attempted in Newhaven, let alone Newhaven Fort.

“The vibe and atmosphere there was incredible, with the whole festival going off with zero trouble.”

The Fort was lit up with lasers, sky scanners, pyro technics and various coloured up-lighters, completely transforming the 19th century Victorian Hill Fort.

People commented that walking into the Grand Magazine was like to going to a major nightclub.

DJ Matt Matheson said: “Fantastic night and great work all round, great fun DJing in a bunker, proper base bins in there, sounded amazing.”

The support for the event was fantastic with the tickets sold out within a month of the festival.

It is hoped that it will become a major event in the calendar for many years to come.

Dean praised the staff at Newhaven Fort for their dedication and support prior to the event and during the five hour festival.

He is hoping to stage the Festival of Sound again next year on Saturday September 12, 2015.

Festival goer Julia Pierce said: “I was still talking about the festival three days after the event to my family and friends who couldn’t make the night.

“The Fort was just a fantastic place to have the event and to have DJs and brilliant bands up there is just a night that I will remember for a long time.”

The Festival of Sound saw the largest number of acts ever to perform at the Fort descend on the unusual venue.

Rock bands, acoustic bands, local DJs as well as DJs from London and Brighton played the event, with music spanning country rock to drum and bass.

Dean added: “It’s a fantastic venue that gives us the opportunity to create very unique stage areas and lighting effects to transform what is already a very impressive structure.”

There was a main stage, local band stage, acoustic stage, main DJ stage and local DJ stage for revellers to choose from.