30 days of free entertainment at Bournemouth’s new open-air events space.

A TOTAL of £87,000 of public money will be spent providing 30 days of free entertainment at Bournemouth’s new open-air events space.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was paid £11,500 for the two concerts that launched the new arena last Saturday.

And the remainder will go to a mixture of tribute acts, bands and dance groups who will perform at Pier Approach between Monday, July 29 and Monday, August 26.

Building and landscaping works are currently continuing at the open-air space, ready for the start of the entertainment programme later this month.

Acts lined up include singers from the BBC programme The Voice, Fleetwood Bac, BSO Brass, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Ballet Nimba, Mini BSO and the Cabinet of Living Cinema.

There will also be several film nights.

Cllr Chris Wakefield, who sits on the Waterfront task and finish group, said: “The important thing is that we have got something for all ages and all tastes.

“We are the UK’s number one coastal destination and we have now got a venue where we can showcase different types of enter¬ tainment and draw people to the town.”

And Jon Weaver, marketing and events manager, said: “The performers’ fees paid to the BSO for Saturday’s concerts were £5,750 per concert.

“We are only able to secure such high quality performances from the BSO at this favourable rate due to our ongoing sponsor’s relationship with the orchestra, the town being its spiritual home, and the orchestra’s keenness to be involved in celebrating the demise of the Imax building.

“Three thousand people enjoyed almost three hours of fantastic music on Saturday evening, the culmination of many hours of rehearsals by the BSO over the previous weeks.
Bournemouth Echo

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