ORGANISERS of the Winchester Ukulele Festival have been busy setting up at the Winchester Rugby Football Club ahead of tomorrow’s festival.

This will be the first Ukulele festival since the pandemic began.

A full festival warm-up open mic night will also take place at the Rugby Club tonight (Friday 10 June) at 8pm. Spots will be allocated there, with participants told to bring their own ukulele.

The Saturday event, in aid of Winchester Hospice, will include a licensed bar and food stalls as well as award winning musicians such as Opera-ele who in 2017 were voted breakthrough Ukulele Artist. The group have since performed abroad and in nearly every ukulele festival in the UK.

Festivities start at 10am with a variety of workshops before the mainstage music begins, with nearly all the workshops having sold out. Kicking off the event on the mainstage will Winchester Uke Jam, whilst Strummdiddlyumptious will bring the night to a close ready for the bar’s closure at 11.20pm.

The full list of musicians include: Winchester Uke Jam, Yoko Mainwaring Experience, Kit and their Baritone, Matthew Quilliam, Ukulele Simon, Mother Ukers, Unplugthewood and the Splendid Strumalong, Rocket Kings, Amelia Coburn, Phil Doleman, Dead Man’s Uke, Opera-ele and Strummdiddlyumptious.

Full festival tickets cost £33 and can be purchased here.

Children accompanied under 12 can go free.

To have a look at previous years and for further information on the festival click here.

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