Lyme Regis tuning up for Guitars on the Beach

GOTB's house band. Picture: SUBMITTED

GOTB's house band. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

At least 11 bands will be performing during the event on June 16

Guitars on The Beach returns to Lyme Regis on Saturday (June 16) – with another attempt to assemble the nation’s biggest band.

There will be at least 11, mainly local, bands playing on the day from 10am to 10pm , performing a variety of pop, rock, reggae, ska, blues, folk and jazz.

The house band this year will be augmented by young musicians – all from Woodroffe School – Ella Foxhall (vocals), Jake Causley (sax) and Tyler Street (guitar).

The house band in full is: Brian Street (guitar and vocals), David Austin (guitar), Jon Matthews (guitar), Bob Brooker (guitar), Tyler Street (guitar), Joe Musto (drums), Chris Bailey (bass), Mark Foxhall (keyboards), Jake Causley (sax), Ella Foxhall (vocals), Mark ‘Buster’ McAdam (vocals).

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The full line up of the bands is: Delta Tango 7, Dream Phaser, Funkin’ Skunks, The G Men, Grace Gillan and Jake Miller, Hot Sausage, The House Band, The IOUs, The Little Streets, Perfect Strangers and Slinky Machine.

GOTB has raised more than £7,000 for the staging of this year’s event – which would not be happening without the vital support of its sponsors. These include: Lyme Regis Town Council, Ian Gillan, SWIM, Lyme Bay Holidays, Snack Shack West Bay, Tukxi, The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Football Club, Axminster Garden Machinery, Advantage Digital Print, Westwood Guest House, Hugh Dunford Wood, Niall Squire and Musicians Insurance Services.

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The famous Dorset artist Hugh Dunford Wood has especially created an exclusive Collino print for GOTB which organisers are now planning to use on GOTB mugs, coasters and other merchandise to raise funds for next year’s event.

* The Charmouth Road Park and Ride will be up and running for GOTB. The last bus will be at 7.30pm and the gates will be open until 10pm.

This year Callum Bate, a young director from Birmingham, will be making a documentary of the event. He will be filming behind the scenes, on the sand, out and about etc, interviewing the bands, the sand band guitarists, local characters etc.

Said a spokesman for the organisers: “As we are filming we’d like people to bring as many flags and banners as they can, so that we can create a festival-style look on the sand.”

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