Singer-songwriter Anna Howie becomes Local & Live trustee


The organisers of Local & Live have announced that successful local performer Anna Howie has agreed to become a trustee of the popular annual music festival. Anna has long been a supporter of the local music scene and a promoter of original talent across the region. As an artist, she knows just what it takes to build a successful career.

“I am very excited to be involved in Local & Live,” says Anna. “Having performed at the festival in the past, I have seen it grow into the success it has become. I’m really looking forward to taking on a more active role to help nurture new talent for the festival, and so ensure its long-term future. I know that this festival can be an influential part of the early careers of emerging artists from the area and so I want to help and encourage them to be the best performers they can be.”

Anna has worked as a singer and songwriter for the past 15 years, performing both independently and as part of popular outfit The Sirens Band. This has seen her play at events across Europe and she has performed live on Radio 2 sessions with Queen guitarist Brian May. Anna was recently voted the ‘Black Deer Festival Emerging Artist’ and her fans will be able to see her perform on the main stage at the Eridge-based festival next month.

Her first EP was recorded in Nashville and went to number 5 in the UK country chart. Last year Anna released her latest album, ‘The Friday Night Club’. She is just coming to the end of a UK tour, but still finds time to play frequently in Tunbridge Wells.

Local & Live takes place in Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells on the August Bank Holiday weekend: Friday August 25 to Sunday August 27. On the Bank Holiday Monday (August 28), the music will move to a fringe festival format at the Forum and the Sussex Arms.

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