TWO festivals will be bringing comedy and the return of the 90s to Salisbury’s Hudson’s Field this summer.

And from S Club to Tinchy Stryder, Frankie Boyle to Dara Ó Briain, the star-studded line-ups for Origin Music Festival and Salisbury Comedy Festival have now been revealed.

On August 6 step back in time with Origin Music Festival – a nostalgic throwback to everything 90s.

A first of its kind in the city, the ‘Naughty Nineties’ event will bring much-loved musicians to the stage including S Club, Liberty X, The Honeyz, Simon Webbe and Tinchy Stryder.

And even more retro music presenters are to be announced soon.

The festival’s entertainment also includes a funfair and a wide selection of local food and drink.

The weekend doesn’t stop there, as the following day Hudson’s field will be transformed from a 90s throwback to an all-day comedy party.

Another first for the city, Salisbury Comedy Festival will be celebrating everything funny on August 7, with comedians and special acts designed to help guests forget the challenges of the last year.

Over the last two years Keystone Management and local comedian Andrew White have hosted a monthly Comedy Club in Amesbury, welcoming big acts to former cocktail bar The Bank, including Milton Jones, Omid Djalli, Seann Walsh and Lee Nelson.

The former Bank owner and now chief executive of the Tiki Group, Nathan Muirhead, together with Andrew wanted to grow this event, bringing laugher and joy to even more people.

As a result Salisbury Comedy Festival was born.

Headlining the festival are celebrity comedians Frankie Boyle, of Mock the Week and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order fame, and Dara Ó Briain (Mock the Week, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, The Panel).

Sharing the stage will be veteran comedians Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes, Joe Wells, Barbara Nice and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, plus popular Fringe performers Ninia Benjamin and Dane Baptiste.

Salisbury Comedy Festival is also proud to host Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jonny Awsum and The Noise Next Door, pictured above.

The comedy festival’s charity partner is Salisbury District Hospital’s Stars Appeal, which uses proceeds to improve the hospital experience for both patients and staff.

Following the rapid spread of the Indian variant of Covid-19 and talks of delaying the next and final stage of the lockdown roadmap, Nathan assured the Journal that “nothing will get in the way” of these special summer events.

Read more: 'Nothing will get in the way' of these two Salisbury festivals this summer

“If we have to operate under step three and we’re capped at 4,000 it means we would have to sell less tickets, but we put that into our planning considerations,” he said.

General entry for the comedy festival is £30 per adult, meanwhile early bird tickets for Origin Music Festival are £25 with VIP passes available.

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