Friday, 27 January 2023 14:08

Poole Harbour Festival back with its biggest ever line up

Poole Harbour Festival back with its biggest ever line up

Poole and Bournemouth's biggest and best family live music weekend is back with a bang this summer having lined up its starriest bill to date headlined by chart toppers The Hoosiers, The Lightning Seeds and The Cheeky Girls.

Poole Harbour Festival: Friday 28, Saturday 29, Sunday 30 July 2023

Thousands are expected for the three-day festival at Baiter Park, attracted by the stellar line up of household name bands, A-list DJs, classic tributes and the best music talent the BCP region has to offer - an incredible 50 acts on four stages. 

Add to that the festival's famous family-friendly atmosphere and budget-conscious ticket pricing structure and there are all the ingredients for a weekend to remember.

"Everyone needs a lift at the moment so we've gone all out to make sure Poole Harbour Festival is the party the town deserves," says festival organiser Ben Dyas of Immense Events.

"We've actually cut prices with a very special launch offer of weekend family tickets at just £42 - that's little more than a tenner each for three days of the best live music on the shores of Poole Harbour. Single day adult tickets are only £13 and just £20 for the whole weekend."

Best known for mid-noughties hits like 'Worried About Ray' and 'Choice', The Hoosiers scored a number one in 2021 with the football charity single 'Route 66'; while fellow headliners The Lightning Seeds are fronted by songwriter Ian Broudie who co-wrote the classic football anthem 'Three Lions' as well as indie classics 'Pure', 'The Life of Riley' and 'Lucky You'. Their latest album, last year's See You in the Stars, was released last year to widespread acclaim.

Transylvanian twins The Cheeky Girls need no introduction to pop fans having caused a sensation with their number two debut single 'Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)' in 2002 and its top three follow ups 'Take Your Shoes Off' and 'It's A Cheeky Holiday' securing their current status as TikTok comeback queens.

Also billed are 1990s hitmakers Space revisiting their best-known hits ‘Neighbourhood’, ‘Female of the Species’ and ‘Begin Again’; and back by popular demand come Bristolian dance fusionists Dr Meaker who were blown away by their reception at last year's Poole Harbour Festival.

As ever, there's a strong line up of crowd-pleasing tributes to the likes of Queen, Foo Fighters, Prodigy, Guns N' Roses, REM and Coldplay, as well as a DJ bill topped by the one and only Brandon Block, with cut-n-paste king Jaguar Skills, original Junglist Nicky Blackmarket, Bournemouth's own Freeze and other dance scene movers and shakers.

Leading local live music merchants including the ferocious Millie Manders and the Shut Up, Filta, Saints of Sin and everyone's favourite four string slingers Mother Ukers ensure there's no let up in quality from beginning to end.

Away from the music, there's free children's entertainment all weekend with the return of the amazing dinosaur shows, alongside Mad 4 Animals, Mr Merlin, Krazy Kev and Jules the Entertainer as well as street performers and the popular circus skills workshops.

Over the years, Poole Harbour Festival has earned a deserved reputation for its quality food and drink offer and revellers can be sure of a great selection of delicious street food and a wide choice of local ales and ciders at the bars. 

Poole Harbour Festival opens at 5pm on Friday, noon on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, closing at 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 7pm on Sunday. 

Tickets available now at