The community is being invited to an exciting all day music event that takes inspiration from the rich musical heritage of Basildon to celebrate the new town's 70th birthday this month.

The event called 'New Town Sounds' takes place across Basildon town centre on Saturday 31 August in venues around the town with an array of musicians, bands and performers taking to multiple stages.

There will be entertainment at the Towngate Theatre, St Martin's Church, Eastgate Centre, The Edge, The Beehive, Jodhpur Indian Kitchen, Colors, St Martin's Square, Basildon Market and Basildon Library to name but a few.

Lauren Martin, Creative Director, Things Made Public CIC said: "We've been absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people and venues that are already involved with this event so far. Everyone has been incredibly enthusiastic, not to mention generous and we cannot wait to celebrate Basildon's 70th with the community at the core."

Deputy Mayor of Basildon Councillor Derrick Fellowes, added: "This event is a fitting way to celebrate Basildon's 70th and I hope as many people from the community as possible visit the town centre to enjoy what will be a day to remember. There really will be something for everyone."

From local, original bands, through to sing-along events, choir performances, Jazz jams and everything in between, the aim is simple; to celebrate the last 70 years in style, giving opportunities to local businesses, providing a platform for talented musicians and in turn creating a magical day for the community to enjoy.

Running from 11am 'til late, activities and performers will be staggered throughout the day, so whether you're heading in for a couple of hours with the kids, or planning to spend the entire day soaking up the atmosphere, there will always be something to keep you entertained.

If that wasn't enough, street performers, children's activities, workshops, dancing and demonstrations will also be incorporated, ensuring an action packed free event that promises something for everyone.

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Published on Wednesday 07 August 2019