Two of the bands who will perform at Watford Borough Council’s free music festival, Big Summer Sounds, say they can’t wait to experience the buzz of the town.
The event will be staged on Sunday 17 May as the Big Events series continues into year two, maximising the use of the transformed Parade event spaces created to make the town centre better for businesses, residents and visitors.
The headline act – X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson – will take to the stage near the pond at 8.15pm. She will serenade the crowd with songs from Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings The Blues, to which she gives her own unique flavour in her recently-released third album.
But the stage will also offer a platform to Watford Folk Club, and young band Midnight Trio who are from the town’s West Herts College.
Maia – a psychedelic ‘sci-fi folk pop’ band and award-winning live act – will play at 5pm, followed by energetic, yellow-suited Britain’s Got Talent boogiers The Jive Aces at 6pm.
Will Fletcher, drummer for Maia, said: “I have been listening to the new Rebecca Ferguson single and I’m very surprised by how jazzy it is. Big Summer Sounds is an interesting mix of acts, including jazz and folk. It’s a free event too, so it should be brilliant.”
Ian Clarkson from The Jive Aces added: “We love the festivals – seeing the other bands and hearing music that we would not normally listen to. My friend used to live in Watford and I would go there a lot and go to all the rock and roll clubs. We can’t wait to come back!”