Music event could get city rocking

August 04 2017
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A TWO-DAY music festival could get Wells rocking next summer.

Music and theatre promoter Paul Toole is working on ambitious plans for an event featuring a range of top tribute acts and a couple of big name headliners.

He has already met officials from Mendip District Council – which would need to grant him an entertainment licence before it can take place – to discuss the plans.

“I’m trying to make the festival a little different to others locally, more of a show than a festival, but still with that easy going feeling,” he said.

“I think an event like this will bring the community together.”

Music promoter Paul Toole

Paul hopes to stage the festival on June 30 and July 1, 2018, on one of two sites he is considering in Wells, with 4,000 tickets available each day.

Acts he has lined up to take part include Michael Jackson tribute Forever Jackson, Donna Marie as Lady Gaga, the Swede Dreamz Abba tribute band, The Killerz, The Dolly Parton Story, Explosive Light Orchestra and The Rat Pack, a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis.

As well as the main stage, he plans to have a cocktail bar with cabaret acts, a karaoke open mic area, a VIP area and a silent disco.

“There are many strict procedures from Mendip to follow but I hope to have everything in place and for tickets to be released by September or October,” said Paul, who many will know from his Christmas lights displays in Manning Close.

A Mendip District Council spokesman said: “We can confirm that we have had initial discussions with a local resident keen to stage a music festival in Wells next summer. If an event is to be staged, then a formal licensing application will need to be made. These applications are a public document which give local people the chance to comment on the proposals.”