This year’s Festival will see Frome come to life again with nearly 200 events spread throughout the town. The theme for 2016 celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, as shown by this year's brochure cover designed by Sholto. Headlining acts include singer/songwriter and activist Billy Bragg; the Ukulele Orchestra of GB; Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam, Chart topping Rock band Reef, and James Browns’ legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis. Arthur Lee’s Californian rock band ‘Love’ reunite with ‘Love revisited’ for a special pre Festival show.
Frome FM is working with the Festival again this year on the Frome FM Festival lounge at the Granary. Free
events start with an opening party – a complimentary double bill of electro legends Alan Clayson and Sweet
Machine. Later in the week are the Lump Chronicles, Worry Dolls and Bonne Nouvelle, Three is the Magic
Number, the Three Corners and Molly Ross Gum Girl. Ticketed events include comedienne Viv Groskop
(one of Jo Brand’s favourites) and Arch Garrison of North Sea Orchestra fame.
Please check the website for full event listings which should go live by end of April. Printed brochures will be available in and around Frome, from beginning of May.
Here are a few highlights from the 2015 Frome Festival: