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HR GO, Circadian FX, Tees Law, Bellway Homes and David Lee among sponsors for Bish Bash 2022 in Bishop's Stortford featuring headliners EMF, The Boo Radleys and Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno

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Preparations are coming along nicely for Bish Bash 2022 thanks to the summer music extravaganza's very own backing band of sponsors.

The biggest party in town is back for a double celebration in Sworder's Field on Friday and Saturday June 3-4 after an enforced three-year absence.

Not only will it be the 20th edition of the festival, it has also been planned to coincide with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee extended bank holiday weekend, marking Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne.

EMF (56063227)
EMF (56063227)

With EMF, The Boo Radleys and local legends Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno among the headliners, the two-day spectacular is not to be missed.

And the organisers of the not-for-profit community event are keen to hear from more local businesses who would like to join the generous firms already signed up as sponsors - with opportunities still available to sponsor the Main Stage and even the whole festival.

Recruitment company HR GO, which has more than 60 years of experience helping people find their next great job, is kindly sponsoring the Beer Tent Stage while Circadian FX - a provider of foreign exchange and international payment services - has put its name to the Acoustic Stage at the bandstand.

Boo Radleys. Copyright CHRIS PAYNE IMAGES 201 (56063241)
Boo Radleys. Copyright CHRIS PAYNE IMAGES 201 (56063241)

Tees Law - one of Stortford's biggest employers, with around 120 staff working from its London Road head office - is the sponsor of the Children's Tent, and Bellway Homes Ltd (North London) have sponsored the DJ Area.

And estate agents David Lee will have highly visible posters in the toilet cubicles after also throwing their support behind the festival.

The likes of the Indie, Mansell & Co accountants, TUBS (Tidy Up Bishop's Stortford), Cromarty Vets - a local men's group who run the bar - Scouts and Guides are also providing much-needed support as are Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose, East Herts Council and Bishop's Stortford Town Council.

On the Friday, Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno, fronted by Stortford rock school owner and award-winning environmentalist Simon Baker, return to the Bish Bish stage for the first time since 2015. Their new show promises to end the opening night with a full-on party.

Uncle Funk. Picture: Parri Thomas (56063237)
Uncle Funk. Picture: Parri Thomas (56063237)

Before them, there's a treat in store courtesy of very special guests The Boo Radleys. Recently re-formed after splitting in 1999, the Merseyside-based Britpop four-piece – who had a top-10 hit in 1995 with the single Wake Up Boo! and No 1 album Wake Up! – are playing only a handful of shows this year so Bish Bash organisers feel very honoured.

Friday also sees Harlow rappers Collapsed Lung, up-and-coming indie darlings Darlings, The Faux Fighters, Bikini Beach Band, Swanvesta Social Club, Maystones, Ramona Marx, Vertaal, Blues Inc and James White & The Wild Fire and more.

Saturday headliners EMF, who have waited eagerly for two years to entertain a Bish Bash crowd, have been hard at work recording new material.

Bish Bash 2022 sponsors (56063292)
Bish Bash 2022 sponsors (56063292)

The band from Cinderford, Gloucestershire, came to prominence at the start of the 1990s. Their first single, Unbelievable, reached No 3 on the UK singles chart in December 1990 and was No 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Their debut album, Schubert Dip, got to No 3 on the albums chart. The band have split up and re-formed three times.

Returning in the "local legends" slot are Buster Shuffle, the greatest rockney-ska band around, who headlined the Stortford Music Festival in 2009 and played the first rebranded Bish Bash in 2016.

There's a smorgasbord of delights as a supporting cast comprising a bit of swing 'n' bass with Swingers, rock 'n' roll with The Kopy Katz, rockabilly revved-up pop covers from The Real McKoys, plus The Dirty Strangers, Hyde Away, Holding Poison, Ryan Thwaits, Wasted Rhymes, Blues Export, JONO, Impurtonance and others.

In addition to the two main stages the Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club will be occupying the bandstand.

So with the artists booked, the beer tent, jubilee celebrations, children's activities, comedy, food vendors and gin all sorted - not forgetting less glamorous but equally important things like fencing, security, bins, litter-picking and toilets all arranged - all you need to do is head to www.stortfordmusicfestival.org.uk to book your tickets. You can even volunteer as a festival steward in exchange for a day ticket.

And any businesses who would like to join in the fun and become a valued sponsor can email sponsorship@stortfordmusicfestival.org.uk.

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