Top tribute acts for Iron Acton Music in the Meadows

July 5-6

6-11pm Friday, 5pm-10.30pm Saturday

Parish Meadows, Iron Acton

From £2 to £32 - see Acton Aid website for more details

IRON Acton’s summer music event Music in the Meadows, which raises thousands of pounds for local charities, will feature two leading UK tribute bands this year.

Queen tribute band Flash went down a storm last year and will return for this year’s Mash in the Meadows by audience demand.

They will be joined by Arrival, regularly voted the best UK ABBA tribute band. Arrival have toured in more than 29 different countries worldwide including the USA, India and China.

Each act will put on a 90 minute show at the Mash. One of Bristol’s top groups, the Lewis Creaven Band, will open the event with well known rock and blues numbers.

Mash in the Meadows, which takes place on Friday July 5, is the first of two nights of music on Iron Acton Parish Meadows. The second on Saturday July 6 is Proms in the Meadows, dedicated to classical music.

Event spokesman Richard Hunter said: “This will be the 7th Mash and each year the event has become more and more popular. When Flash played at last years’ event, we had so many people asking for them to return again, as it was one of the best gigs they had ever been to.

This year it will be even better with the addition of Arrival.

Why not make a party of it and get a group of friends or work colleagues along for what will be a fantastic night? I hope that we will see members of the audience suitably dressed in Abba or Queen attire!”

Saturday’s Proms concert features the Bristol Millennium Orchestra, the Iron Acton Community Choir plus other singing and dancing groups will also perform. The evening ends with a ‘last night of the Proms’-style celebration and a firework display.

Audience members are encouraged to bring posh picnics and Union Jack flags to wave.

Music in the Meadows is organised by the village charity Acton Aid, whose members give up their own time to plan it for months in advance. They even buy their own tickets, so that as much money as possible goes to good causes.

Money raised has previously gone to local primary schools, Christmas parcels for pensioners, school trips for children from low income families and the refurbishment of the village phone box. The annual bucket collection can raise up to £2,000 and in 2018 that money went to Streetlife, a Bristol homeless charity.

Tickets are available from www.actonaid.org.uk