There’s no need to go in search of good times next summer – as the party is set to come to Bath. Bath Festivals and Orchard Live are very excited to announce McFly and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro as the headline acts for The Bath Festival Finale Weekend on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 2020 on the Bath Recreation Ground.
Festival organisers are thrilled that chart-toppers McFly have added Bath to their 2020 national tour dates, which include major venues such as Manchester Arena and London’s 02 Arena, whose November date sold out in minutes. They will be supported at their Bath appearance by Scouting for Girls, who have built their reputation as a party band and released their latest album in September 2019.
Legendary reggae band UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, had a string of hits in the 80s and 90s, including Red Red Wine, Rat in Mi Kitchen and I Got You Babe, and have just celebrated their 40th anniversary with a tour and a new album. The band is headed Ali Campbell and Astro. They will be supported on Sunday 24 May by Britain’s most successful black recording star, Billy Ocean. Many of the singer’s floor-fillers, including Caribbean Queen, Love Really Hurts Without You and When The Going Gets Tough, have become modern-day classics.
More acts will be announced in the coming weeks. There will also be the chance for solo acts and bands to enter Bath Festivals’ Bath Introduces talent competition. Acts will battle it out in a series of heats to compete for slots playing the main stage during the Finale Weekend, with the winner receiving the prize of a day’s professional recording at the Real World Studios. Look out on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @TBFFinale) for more announcements in the coming weeks, of more acts and details of how to enter Bath Introduces.
This will be the third year that the two-day live music spectacular has been staged at Bath Recreation Ground, in the heart of the city and within walking distance of the train and bus station. The Rec is a fabulous setting with views of Bath’s famous historic architecture and its surrounding green hills. It’s a family-friendly festival with something for all ages. As well as the main stage there will be bands playing in the Big Top, plus other stages featuring local talent, the spoken word and street theatre. There will be a Kids Zone with live entertainment to keep younger festival-goers entertained. Festival stalls will offer a variety of delicious artisan food and drinks stalls, and there will be bars selling beer and cider. For 2020 there will be more undercover seating than ever before, where people can meet up with friends and enjoy a range of festival food.
The Finale Weekend is supported by sponsors Bath Ales, Novia, Bath BID and Agriframes.
General tickets are on sale from Friday 15 November at 10am. Tickets can be purchased from ticketmaster.co.uk and the Bath Festivals website: www.thebathfestival.org.uk/finale-weekend or Bath Box Office tel: 01225 463362.