X Factor star Luke Friend to headline Brixham Hap'nin' festival

By C_Abbott | Posted: July 04, 2017

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X Factor star Luke Friend is headlining this year's Brixham Hap'nin' festival which takes place later this month.

The annual family-friendly party in the park offers two days of live entertainment from local bands and tribute acts, and chairman Martin Jeffreys said there is 'something for all tastes' in the line-up, from local primary school choirs to rock bands.

Up to 3,000 people are expected to attend each day of the event on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, at St Mary's Park in Vicarage Road.

Luke Friend, the 21-year-old from Teignmouth, who shot to fame on The X Factor in 2013 when he came third in the singing competition, will be the last act of the night on Friday. He will be back on stage in Torbay later this year, in the pantomime Aladdin at Torquay's Princess Theatre.

On Saturday, 4th Street will bring the festival to a close after a full day of music and other entertainment including wrestling.

The full line-up can be seen below, but all timings and the order are subject to change:

Friday, July 14:

6.30pm Gates Open

7pm The Miller Brothers

8pm Datura

9pm Rage

9.45pm Luke Friend

Saturday, July 15:

12pm Gates Open

12.30pm Born to Sing (Furzeham School)

1pm Eden Park School

1.30pm Wrestling

2pm Stage Stars

2.30pm Project Performers

3pm Bollywood/Bhangra Demo

3.30pm Wrestling

4pm Harbour

5pm Maggie Duffy

6pm Rhianan Moore

7pm The Alley-Cat Kings

8pm The Experimental

9pm The Reggaskas

9.45pm 4th Street

Martin Jeffreys said: "We're looking forward to local residents and holidaymakers alike coming up and enjoying themselves. It's open to everyone.

"This year, things will be moved around and there will be a different stage which will be quite impressive. The Army Cadets will be there, wrestlers will give displays and we've got Bollywood and Bhangra for the first time.

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"The no alcohol policy was introduced last year at the police's request and it worked out well. It cut down on problems of people tripping over broken glass and things. But there will be bars on site, as well as a hog roast, candy floss and ice cream.

"It finishes at 11pm on both days. The local residents are kind to us. They know it's only for a couple of days a year and it raises money for local organisations."

The Brixham Hap'nin' summer festival of music, theatre and dance is organised and managed by a group of local volunteers and this will be its 15th year. Money raised at the event has benefited a range of organisations including Brixham Youth Enquiry Service, the Fishermen's Mission, Torbay Lifeboat and Admiral Swimming Centre.

Admission costs £2 on Friday and £3 on Saturday. Children under 11 can enter free of charge if accompanied by a responsible adult.

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