THE Circus is the theme for this year’s Beach Dreams Festival, Shoreham’s free community music event.
The popular festival returns to Shoreham Beach from tomorrow until Sunday.
Organiser Sarah Parker said: “Beach Green will play host to a full weekend of free circus workshops for all the family to get involved in, alongside some of the best in arts and crafts, food, drink and entertainment.
“It all kicks off on Friday at 4pm, when we see the return of the Beach Dreams Family Disco, a full afternoon and evening of fun and games with local DJs for you all to get up and have a dance to.
“On Saturday, there will be the legendary School’s Parade, with children from the local community showing off some of the amazing creations they have made for the festival.”
There are two strands which will parade to the main festival base on Beach Green, one of them starting at Shoreham Beach Primary School, in Shingle Road, at 11am and another from Pebbles Pre-School at Church of the Good Shepherd, in Kings Walk, at 11.15am.
Mrs Parker added: “Then, from 12pm on Saturday, we are proud to kick start two days of the finest, local, new music Beach Dreams has ever seen.
“After receiving an overwhelming number of applications, we have secured a full weekend of fantastic live bands and DJs.
“Plus, we are excited to announce The Piranhas, equipped with smash hit Tom Hark, will be taking to the Beach Dreams stage, alongside the return of fan favourites Eel Fish Parsley and many more.
“As if all that wasn’t enough, the Shoreham Allstars will be rocking all weekend with the addition of their very own stage. The Allstars bus opens its doors to show off the best emerging talent Shoreham has to offer.
“We cannot wait to share what is set to be one of the best Beach Dreams yet and it’s completely free.”
The launch party tomorrow features DJ Paul McCarthy of Those Party People, Harvey’s horse and dray, circus skills workshops, facepainting and Crocodoodle arts and crafts.
Food and drink will be available, including local beer and cider, with all proceeds made at the Harvey’s Bar going straight back into festival funds towards next year’s event.
On Saturday and Sunday, acts on the main stage will include Krafty Kuts, Paperboy, Mok, Animal House, Glass City Vice, Burning Organ, Mike Panteli, Just a Couple of Mums, Of Empires, Curst Sons, The Meow Meows, Sweetmates, Tom Walker, The Wah Wahs, My Pet Shark, Amputhracture and Idiot Dat.
The Allstars Jam Hut will feature live on stage alongside Wookie Weekend, Episodes, Hybrid Holiday, Cascades, Teenage Circus, Ripsos, 50/50, The Beavis Band, Simple Remedy, Christelle Lamb, Paris Underground, Daniel Steven Walford, Chips and Gravy, Gravity’s Invisible Ghost Hands, Sour Mash, Deaf Cattle, The Scheme, Mark the Skylike, Josh Parsons, Vocalition and Triumph of the Unicorn.
In The Big Top, Circus Seen will be demonstrating their amazing skills and hosting a range of workshops all weekend, suitable for all age groups.
Crocodoodle will be in the Small Top Tent, offering a range of arts and crafts.
There is also a Sports Zone, featuring some of the brilliant local sports clubs, teams and classes.
The festival is for all the family and people are asked not to take glass on to the site for safety reasons. Any glass found will be removed by organisers immediately.
Visit www.beachdreamsfestival.co.uk for more information.