Kitchen Disco legend Sophie Ellis-Bextor will play out the last night, Sunday July 3rd of one of the South of England’s best-known festivals – The Haslemere Fringe.
Sophie was originally booked to perform at the 2020 Fringe, which sadly had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Since then, her fame rocketed during the Covid-19 lockdown when her weekly ‘Kitchen Disco’ live Instagram streams provided a means of virtual escapism for everyone tuning in.
Each week, underneath the family’s sparkling kitchen disco ball, Sophie, her husband Richard Jones (who also plays bass in Sophie’s live band), and their children’s familial exuberance put a smile on the face of the hundreds of thousands watching. The individual videos of songs from the performances also garnered millions of views on Twitter.
Sophie went on to release a greatest hits album ‘Songs from the Kitchen Disco’ which includes her previous Top 10 hits, ‘Groovejet’, ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ and ‘Take Me Home’ as well as a cover version of the Alcazar song ‘Crying at the Discoteque’, which she had performed during her lockdown concerts.
She also launched a podcast, Spinning Plates, with each one-hour episode featuring an interview with another working mother about the difficulties and joys of a work/life balance. With episodes featuring the likes of Fearne Cotton, Myleene Klass and Caitlin Moran, it has become Apple’s number one Parenting podcast.
Festival Coordinator Paul Ashton said “we’re delighted that Sophie Ellis-Bextor has agreed to re-sign for 2022 and close this year’s festival. We’re proud that artists of Sophie’s stature, now recognise the Haslemere Fringe as one of the leading festivals in the South of England. 2022 is set to be the best party yet”.
ABOUT HASLEMERE FRINGE FESTIVAL:
Haslemere Fringe Festival is a volunteer-led event supported by local schools and youth clubs, local businesses including The Herald Newspaper Group, BBC Surrey and Wey Valley Radio.
Held on Lion Green in the town the event features a number of stages with something for audiences of all ages celebrating live music comedy, dance and poetry, as well as welcoming in past years famous artists including ‘Scouting for Girls’ and soul legends ‘The Real Thing’.
At the event, the Festival Village includes stalls staffed by local traders and artisans, as well as hot and cold food served and bars serving everything from local gin and craft beers to coffee.
Haslemere Fringe is proud to support The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice as the official charity partner for the event. The Hospice offers care for patients in West Surrey and North East Hampshire. To find out more visit: pth.org.uk
Debbie Bowyer: 07863 115984