Calling all Bands…

Eastleigh Bandstand,leigh road, eastleigh

A nice setting for a summer gig

Eastleigh Borough Council are once more running a series of lunchtime concerts on the towns Victorian bandstand situated in Leigh Road recreation ground – as they have done for the past three years.

The popular concerts will run every weekend throughout the summer from June to September.

Both Saturdays and Sundays are available with some early evening slots as well and all local bands or groups of every genre are invited to apply for a chance to showcase their talents, unpaid, in a unique setting.

For more information email:

marie.negus@eastleigh.gov.uk

  2 comments for “Calling all Bands…

  1. Matthew Myatt
    May 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

    (Quote) The popular concerts will run every weekend throughout the summer from June to September. (Unquote)

    POPULAR..!! POPULAR..!! If they are so bloody popular why in the name of God has this event lost £22,000 in year one, £34,000 in year two and a stagering £46,000 in year three.?? All of which is local tax pyers money.!!

    I would hate to think what an unpopular council event would lose, say like The Point. What was it last year..?? O yeah, £320,000.00..!!

    Thank God for a Eastleigh Council that is committed to saving local peoples money and not wasting it on silly unpopular events.

    Popular my arse.!!

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 20, 2010 at 11:41 am

    We are talking about the popular bandstand concerts here, not the unpopular music fest.

    The bandstand concerts dont make a loss becasue they are UNPAID.

    As they are unpaid not too many pro bands will be interested.

    Local amateur bands are likely to have hire a PA out of their own pockets – as Matthew points out, the Council uses rate payers to effectively subsidise the professional folk circuit artistes on the who appear at the loss making Eastleigh music festival – yet they do not support local bands struggling to establish themselves – they are expected to perform for free.

    Surely bunging them £50 wouldn’t hurt?

    How many staff members of the point work for nothing?

    The Musicians Union have a word for this kind of activity – exploitation.

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