The old Somerset festival that let the beach rock



It was one of the hottest dates on the summer calendar for Weston-super-Mare.

T4 on the Beach has seen thousands of people gather at the resort for a day of music on the beach, with a slew of big names appearing.

Groups such as The Wanted, N-Dubz, Little Mix, and Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts have appeared over the years.

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Other names included The Saturdays, Pete Andre, Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott, and Paloma Faith.

In addition to performers, the event has always drawn a celebrity crowd from Gok Wan to David Hasslehoff and Keith Lemon alongside stars from reality shows such as The Only Way is Essex.

And for the crowds of thousands who attended, most will remember getting wet.

Although it took place in the summer, it almost always rained.

But while the event was hugely popular – and watched around the world – it was dropped in 2012, much to the disappointment of fans, many of whom traveled to Weston from across the UK.

Efforts have been made to replace T4 – an event in the city since 2005 – with a new one-day music festival.

The North Somerset Council held talks with another potential organization in 2013 with the aim of bringing music back to the sands.

A plan for Summer Sets on the Beach has been announced – managed by the production company that produced the T4 concerts.

More than 30 performers had been booked, including Bath-born singer Gabrielle Aplin, Stooshe, Professor Green and Reform boy group 5ive.

The show – which was slated to be hosted by Caroline Flack and Dave Berry – was slated to air live on ITV2

However, it was canceled due to a “number of factors” including the difficult economic climate which led to poor ticket sales.

Over the years there has been talk of another musical event on the beach, but so far nothing has materialized.

However, concerts took place at the Tropicana.

The Westside Proms came to the scene in 2016, bringing acts like 10cc and The Wonder Stuff to the seaside town.

Other festivals followed – including Hazy Days – and stars have been arriving since then – from DJs and comedians to music legends.

The Tropicana continues to be popular with stars such as DJ Craig Charles and its funk and soul nights have proven to be hugely popular – so much so that it will be making a comeback next July.

Another returning guest is Martin Kemp with his return to the ’80s filling the room with classic tunes in January and DJ Trevor Nelson returning in December with his night of classic R&B and soul, Soul Nation.

The renewal of the Tropicana as a place of entertainment comes at the same time as the project to transform it into a 9,000-seat arena.

However, an offer by the board for the government to increase funding earlier this year for the project was unsuccessful, with the board now considering other avenues of funding.

But all may not be lost thanks to plans to bring the “Not The Radio One Roadshow” back to the city in 2023.

Businessman and entrepreneur Tony Miles – famous for his Smiley Miley character in the roadshow – has purchased the former MK4 Radio One Roadshow platform and plans to take him on a tour of the UK in 2023 for celebrate 50 years of its first road trip.

Council bosses say they can’t wait to see a live music event return to the waterfront.

Councilor Mark Canniford, who is in charge of events at North Somerset Council, said: “We would love to see a big musical event return to Weston Beach.

“I used to run a business downtown when T4 came to Weston and it was one of the busiest weekends of the year.

“Weston is a great location for such an event.

“Not only would a music festival be popular with fans, it would also boost the city’s economy.

“A full-scale music festival is not something the board could organize themselves, but we would be very interested in speaking to any operator wishing to host an event in Weston-super-Mare again.”

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