Hot Chocolate, Brother Beyond and Scarlett Quigley amongst those performing

Organisers of the annual Hale Barns Carnival have announced a new ‘party at home’ festival. The week-long event, from 6th - 12th April, will see a selection of star names and local acts performing a live concert from their homes each night and will be streamed for free to followers of the Hale Barns Carnival Facebook page.

Headlining the online shindig is seventies disco group Hot Chocolate, with lead singer Kennie Simon covering band hits including Every1s a Winner and You Sexy Thing.

Nathan Moore of Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart will also be performing a live set, featuring eighties smash The Harder I Try. Moore supported Martin Kemp at last year’s Hale Barns Carnival and proved a big hit with audiences.

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Kennie Simon will be performing

Local performers and acts are a line-up staple too; including The Voice crossover soprano star Scarlett Quigley with a special ‘Proms at Home’ performance (be sure to wave your flags in the kitchen while watching) and Rat Pack singer Wayne Devlin with a Sinatra-inspired show.

Greatest Hits Radio presenter Darren Proctor, meanwhile, is hitting the decks for a nostalgic set featuring top tunes from the seventies, eighties and nineties. Listeners can also expect sets from Pete ‘Toilet Roll Gun’ Scotson and Hale & Bowdon Magazine’s Salim Uddin Khandakar.

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Event organizer Max Eden

Event organiser Max Eden said: “We really hope that this year’s Hale Barns Carnival can go ahead: we’ve put so much into this year’s event with a line up which includes Motown legend Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. (For now) we wanted to bring the party to everybody at home, so I set to work to put together Hale Barn’s very own virtual festival and bring the community together with an experience everyone can share from their living rooms.

“We’ve got a few surprise names who will be popping up during the week-long live streaming event and I’m so grateful for the support from artists, sponsors, partners and the community to get this off the ground in such a short space of time. I hope we can bring one big party experience to everyone in lockdown and raise vital funds for vital community projects in the process.”

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Soprano star Scarlett Quigley is performing a special ‘Proms at Home’ show

The live streaming event is supported by sponsors B&M Bargains and Benchmark Security, and partners Hale & Bowdon Magazine and WA15 Studios.

While free of charge, there will be an option for viewers to donate to local community groups providing support for local food banks, hospice care and the elderly.

Performances will be streamed live from 8pm on Hale Barns Carnival Facebook page from 6th - 12th April.

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