The multi-million selling British music star Sophie Ellis Bextor is to play out the last night, July 5th of one of the South of England’s best-known festivals – The Haslemere
Fringe. With massive chart hits including ‘Groovejet’ and ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ Ellis Bextor’s unique vocal style and stage presence have made her an international super star. Festival Coordinator Paul Ashton says ‘we’re delighted that Sophie Ellis Bextor has agreed to close this year’s festival which has grown every single time it’s held. We’re proud that artists of Sophie’s stature, now recognise this event as one of the leading festivals in the South of England’.

Known as ‘The Dance Queen’ and ‘Mademoiselle EB’ Sophie established herself as a vocal and dance talent with her debut album ‘Read My Lips’ in 2001 and has enjoyed continuing success more recently with her 2016 album ‘Familia’ which saw her back in the charts with her hit song ‘Come With Us’.  More names are due to be announced for the festival including local artists who are an important part of this volunteer led event. Local schools and youth clubs are also taking part in The Haslemere Fringe 2020, which is supported by local businesses and media organisations including BBC Surrey and Wey Valley Radio.

About Haslemere Fringe
This bi-annual festival takes place over the weekend of July 3rd, 4th and 5th and is held on Lion Green in the small town of Haslemere nestled between the Surrey Hills and the South Downs National Park with excellent rail and road links.

The event celebrates music, comedy, dance and poetry, promoting local musicians and other local artistic talent, as well as welcoming in past years famous artists including UK rock sensation ‘Scouting for Girls’ and soul legends ‘The Real Thing’. With over 50 live bands, Haslemere Fringe provides something for all audiences, including families. Children aged 10 or under are admitted free, and tickets for 10-16 year olds available from £4. The Festival Village, hosts stalls from a wide variety of local traders, artisans and craft workers as well as providing a delicious range of hot and cold food from local suppliers. In addition, and as you would expect, there are a number of bars serving everything from craft beers to coffee. As we are attracting thousands of visitors, The Haslemere Fringe is proud to support The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice as official charity partner
for 2020.

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