A Radio 1 DJ and Glastonbury talent show-winning musician are to headline a new music festival coming to Boston this summer.
The Big Boston Gig aims to bring ‘exciting, new commercial music’ to Lincolnshire - and has been organised on the back of the success of last year’s Flood Aid concert.
Headlining the festival will be DJ Phil Taggart - best known for his Radio 1 dance music set which replaced Annie Mac - with an overall line-up described as ‘the best the town has ever seen’.
“The aim of The Big Boston Gig is to inject some new music and exciting pop culture into the area,” said co-organiser Jimmy May, known locally for his parody rap group 50 Sniffs.
“Phil Taggart is Radio 1’s most up-and-coming DJ who plays all sorts of music and we aim to offer a commercial music festival which Lincolnshire hasn’t really seen before.”
He added: “We are bringing bands to the area from the UK that are current and happening - but we will also have some local acts too.”
The event is being organised by Mr May, Endeavour Radio’s Dylan Taylor and event manager Julie Collishaw.
It is set to take place on Saturday, July 4, at Mayflower Sports Ground in Rosebery Avenue.
Mr Taylor said: “We didn’t set out to start putting on annual events, but last year was such an eye-opener. Seeing so many happy faces and the community come together made us realise that Boston needs these events to happen.
“After Jimmy brought the Sleaford Mods to town earlier in the year it was clear we had to join forces and as a result the line-up for the Big Boston Gig is one of the best the town has ever seen.”
Other acts already booked include Too Many T’s, a hip-hop act from London who have played UK festivals including Glastonbury; Bone Cult, a ‘death electronica’ duo; Hot Soles, described as an up-and-coming rock n roll/soul act from the north; and musician Declan McKenna who won the ‘Emerging Talent’ competition at last year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Local acts playing include rock group Kill The Ideal, who recently signed to a record label.
Mrs Collishaw added: “This will have much more of a festival vibe than previous events here - and it will offer local bands fantastic exposure with the Radio 1 DJ.”
Tickets are expected to be about £15-20 for the full day (accompanied children under 12 go free).
This will have much more of a festival vibe than previous events here - and it will offer local bands fantastic exposure with the Radio 1 DJ.Event manager Julie Collishaw
Early bird tickets will be available.