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Abba Tribute and Fireworks Kick of the Season for a New Look Bandstand
Eastbourne Bandstand�s winter restoration is almost complete with the iconic seafront venue set to re-open on 2 May for the first tribute night.
Kicking off with The Abba Tribute Show, the first night of the tribute season will also see fireworks to celebrate the start of the season and mark a milestone in the venue�s transformation.

Costing �245,000, phase one of the restoration work has seen corroded metal work replaced, new columns, ceiling, lights and even a new finial, with the temporary steel supports now removed from the front of the stage.

The new finial on top of the roof, takes the Bandstand back to its original architecture, which featured a much taller silver finial.

Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism & Leisure, Tracey McNulty said �I am delighted that this unique music venue is now revamped and ready for the busy season ahead. As the busiest bandstand in the UK, this is not only a key entertainment venue on the south coast but a magnificent landmark on our seafront which we must treasure.�

Music fans can choose from over 100 concerts this season with highlights including a tribute to Downton Abbey, a James Bond theme night and a performance from the Military Wives Choir of Shorncliffe.

Performed by The Kaleidoscope Salon Orchestra on Sunday 31 August, the Downton Abbey classical spectacular will feature music from the series and the post-Edwardian era, with a themed �Downton Tea� also available earlier in the afternoon at the Grand Hotel, for fans of the show.

An Evening of James Bond on Sunday 24 August, brings all the favourite Bond themes to the Bandstand including Diamonds Are Forever, Goldfinger and many more. Performed by The Bond Band, the award winning group were created by former BBC Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Warren Ringham.

On Sunday 27 July, The Military Wives Choir of Shorncliffe perform with special guests, the Swingtime Sweethearts, in a concert to help raise funds for military charities. The evening features a spectacular and moving performance from the group of 45 singers, whose partners are currently in military service.

After their successful concert last summer, Storm! also return with Electric Proms on 7 September along with a brand new Electric Strings show on Sunday 13 July, featuring the world class violinists in an explosive and electrifying act.

The Abba Tribute Show launches the Friday Night Tribute season on 2 May with a wide ranging line up throughout the year from Olly Murs and One Direction to Take That, Bon Jovi, U2, Adele, Tom Jones, Queen and The Beatles.

The weekly 1812 Firework concerts return with a bumper line up of extra concerts from Wednesday 7 May, with other weekly concerts including Sunday Night on the Proms from 1 June, the Big Band Sound from Thursday 26 June, Kids Party Nights from Tuesday 29 July, plus a week-long concert programme from the Royal British Legion from 3 � 8 August.

To book tickets visit, telephone 01323 410611 or visit the Tourist Information Centre. Gift vouchers are also available from just �5, redeemable against any concerts.

The �Downton Tea� at the Grand Hotel costs �26.50 per person and features the Palm Court Strings in Great Hall from 3.30 � 5.30pm on 31 August, telephone 01323 412345 to book
22 April, 2014

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