Our Grand Final Judges.....

Helena Mace

Helena Mace has released her latest album, Chasing Dreams and is currently working on her 3rd album.  The first track, Hometown reached the UK ITunes chart. Her music has featured on SKY TV and the BBC as well as a large amount of Radio stations worldwide.

Helena is based in the South of England and this album was again produced in Bournemouth by Matt Black

She was a finalist for 3 awards for UK Country Radio and received a nomination for  a JMA held in Nashville and recently won Q108 Kingston Canada global artist of the year.

She will be touring her new music around the UK in 2019 and will release her new album in the Summer.

Matt Black

The Comedy Act:

Matt’s comedy nights always have the audience roaring with laughter and he certainly knows how to play the audience just as well as he plays the piano.

Ideally suited to corporate dinners, pubs, cabarets, and stage work.

The Cocktail Player:

A rather more refined Matt, which fits perfectly in a restaurant, wine bar or wedding environment. Where Matt can amaze your guests with his large repertoire of musical ballads from classical or jazz to modern day.

Steve Saville

Steve set up and runs Forest FM.

“Dorset’s first ever community radio station. We are a completely independent, not for profit organisation produced and presented by local people, for local people.

Forest FM (and it’s previous incarnation Verwood FM) was established in 1999 when we carried out our first trial broadcast in association with Verwood Carnival.

We won our full time license in 2006 and the station went on air July 9th – opened by our local MP Chris Chope.

We are run by local volunteers. We’re not here to make money – we’re here because we love doing what we do.”

Ian 'Ben' Bennett

Ian runs the Potato Pants Festival.

Why Potato Pants?

When explaining to a friend what it’s like to have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), a lady once suggested that it felt as though her trousers permanently contained 10Kg of potatoes. She said that this made her very clumsy and her mobility was awkward and exhausing. Little did she know that she’d created a great way to raise awareness of this rare neurological condition, while having loads of fun.

So at this Festival, don’t be surprised to see some spuds. Between the amazing musical performances, we invite adults and children to compete in short races where they wear specially made trousers that we fill with potatoes. Prizes are awarded and believe me, people have bucket loads of fun.

Jo Michaels

Jo is the Artistic Director of The South Coast Academy of Performing Arts, a drama school operating across Poole, Christchurch and Ferndown and is the former Head of Performing Arts at Bournemouth and Poole College.

A few Performance creditsSweet Inspiration in Elvis the Musical, Jenny Jones in Tom Jones, Kelly in LWT s The Knock and Tinkerbelle in Peter Pan to name only a few.

During her time as BPC Jo co-wrote the FDA in Performing Arts and the top up BA hons and led the team through 2 validations with Arts University Bournemouth. Under the Principal Lawrence Vincent BPC was considered a leading College and the Performing Arts department was consistently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

Jo is also the Co-founder of South Coast Academy of Performing Arts, an affordable weekly provision that aims to nurture and encourage young people through Performing Arts.

Jo is currently an associate producer for Ginger Boy productions and during this time has worked in Three Phantoms ( Macau and Singapore) and the two educational.