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Marlborough Rising – the best of the fests!

Check out the best of the fests with the fab line up at this August's Marlborough Rising

Marlborough Rising bursts back into town on 9-11 August for its second year on the music-fest scene. This three-day banger of an event showcases live music from acoustic strings to blues, from orchestral pop to songs from the shows – there’s something for everyone this year! The venture (dreamed up by an enthusiastic group in the back room of the Green Dragon, no less) deserves a whack of support – the music promises to be wide ranging, catering for all tastes and has already proved to be a fabulously threatening new kid on the block in the Wilts live music scene.

The Tony O’Malley Band, 9 Aug, Town Hall

Unquestionably one of the most charismatic vocalists working in the UK, Tony O’Malley has been performing since the late 60s, including stints with iconic band 10CC and his own seminal Jazz/Funk band Kokomo. His brand of jazz-tinged contemporary soul and blues is stunning, with his fabulous, smoky, velvety growl of a voice delivering original material and some covers in his inimitable style. “…the velvet gravel throated O’Malley is one of the UK’s most undersung vocal performers…the songs drenched in the deep soulful spirit that characterises everything he touches…one of the UK’s hottest properties” Jazzwise.

A Musical Jukebox, 9 Aug, St Mary’s

Back by popular demand, this cast of versatile hoofers met in their first year at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and for the last ten years have carved out careers in film, television and theatre. They continue to perform professionally in West End shows but always make time to do what they love most: singing great songs with their mates. Catch the biggest numbers from some of the greatest and most memorable West End shows including Guys & Dolls, Phantom, Oliver and Cabaret.

Echotape, 10 Aug, Town Hall

This indie-rock band from Hampshire doesn’t leave their audience out of the delivery process of the sounds – many of their tracks feature anthemic chanting opportunities to join in! Regardless of location, you’ll find yourself becoming involved. A must-see live band.

George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, 11 Aug, Memorial Hall, Marlborough College

A concert by the legendary Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery, only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling). Wow!

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