Wave 105 fills the Night Air with pop!

Thousands of music lovers partied by the beach over the weekend at Wave 105’s ‘Corona Night Air at the Piers.’

Friday night opened with energetic bubble-gum pop of Alexa Goddard, followed by a band bonanza of Loveable Rouges, Rixton – fresh from supporting Justin Bieber on his America tour –and Rizzle Kicks.

The wind and heavy skies didn’t darken the atmosphere: from the top floor of Urban Reef to the beach huts, every available surface was heaving with tweens, teens and families dancing and jumping with delight.

Rixton charmed the crowd with their cheeky chappy charisma and skill. Sigma followed with a club vibe – a booming atmospheric DJ set of dance classics and their own smash hits ‘Nobody To Love’ and ‘Changing’.

As the fireworks exploded and the planes zoomed overhead, the party mood kicked off for headliners Rizzle Kicks, who belted out crowd pleaser after crowd pleaser, backed by their band which included a fantastic live brass section.

Saturday night started with a more relaxed feel, perfectly kicked off by Jack Savoretti’s mellow voice. He was followed by New Yorker Nell Bryden, whose angelic voice was in complete contrast to the roar of the Typhoon that had just completed its fly past!

The Struts ramped up the energy with their colourful rocky set. Front man Luke Spiller had an infectious, charismatic stage presence and really got the crowd involved throughout, jumping into the throng to lead a joint rendition of ‘Rebel Rebel’. He then went on to convince Wave 105’s Mark Collins to conduct his interview with them on his hands and knees while he sat on Mark’s back!

Sophie Ellis Bextor played an eclectic mix of her disco classics and songs from her more folk-inspired new album, ‘Wanderlust’.

And Tony Hadley, accompanied by a full band, rounded off the night perfectly, with thousands of fans singing along to his repertoire of Spandau Ballet hits and covers. The evenings’ entertainment was a perfect complement to the air show.

Jon Brooks, commercial director at Wave 105, said: “Planes, fireworks and some of the best performers around – it doesn’t get much better than ‘Corona Night Air at the Piers’, and this year was greater than ever.

“We pride ourselves on putting on an event for all ages, so it was fantastic to watch thousands of people singing and dancing to hits from the 80s, 90s and today, after a jaw-dropping day of air displays. What a brilliant end to the summer.”

Sound the trumpets: Wave 105 announces headline act for Friday evening’s Night Air at the Piers


As the official commercial radio partner of the Bournemouth Air Festival, Wave 105 is thrilled to announce that the witty, energetic – not to mention extremely talented Rizzle Kicks will be back to headline this year’s ‘Corona Night Air at the Piers’.

Following their hugely popular performance back in 2012, the pop-duo will once again be taking to the Wave 105 Corona Music Stage on Friday August 29 at Boscombe Pier where they will perform new single ‘Tell Her’ and their smash hits including ‘Down With The Trumpets’, ‘Mama Do The Hump’ and ‘When I Was A Youngster’.

Joining Rizzle Kicks for Friday evening’s spectacular Night Air line-up is pop boy band, Rixton, the ever likeable cheeky chappies from Britain’s Got Talent, Loveable Rogues, and new pop and R&B singer, Alexa Goddard who hails from Hampshire. Plus, more artists are set to be announced by the Wave 105 team over the coming weeks.

The live music event, which is sponsored by Corona, takes place over two nights and features a host of big names and rising stars along with spectacular dusk flying demonstrations to light up the twilight skies.

Tickets cost £8 (postal fees may apply) with 6,500 tickets available for each night and these go on sale tomorrow (Saturday July 26) via the BH Live website: www.bhlivetickets.co.uk.

Keith Penny, Wave 105’s event director, said: “Night Air between the Piers is a fantastic family-friendly concert. We have had huge success with our past two events so we can’t wait for this year.  A gig on the beach, with the waves lapping on the shore and the sun setting over the pier is a fantastic experience anyway, but couple this with the Night Air flying and you have a truly special combination that the artists and crowd love in equal measure. We’re anticipating huge demand once again so be quick to get your ticket and don’t miss out on one of the biggest events in the south.”

Wave 105 will be broadcasting live on Bournemouth beach from Thursday August 28 until Sunday August 31 covering all of the action, from the thrilling air displays, news, travel and weather, on air and online live via its website www.wave105.com.

In addition to this, Wave 105 will be exhibiting with the air zone alongside the station’s Hop On Inn, a 1966 routemaster bus converted into a pub which will form the Wave 105 Corona beach bar.

As well as live music at Boscombe and Bournemouth stages the Night Air programme features The Band of HM Royal Marines (CTCRM) performing the Beat Retreat, Royal Marines Combat Display Team on the East Overcliff, an extended dusk display starting at 7.15pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, firework displays Friday and Saturday night and beach fireworks Thursday and Friday evening.

Wave 105 Cash for Kids chosen as ‘Charity of the Year’ by Solutions 4 Recruitment

The Wave 105 Cash for Kids team is thrilled to announce that Solutions 4 Recruitment has named them as their chosen ‘Charity of the Year’ for the second year running.

Based in Wickham, Solutions 4 Recruitment, an agency which recruits for creative industries, took part in a host of activities in aid of Cash for Kids throughout 2013, including: the Great South Run, a cycle ride and the annual Cash for Kids charity auction day to name just a few.

The Solutions 4 Recruitment team are continuing to take part in fundraising activities for Cash for Kids during 2014, including: Variety Relief, the ‘Airzone’ at the New Forest Show, the Riverbank Festival, the New Forest 16 mile cycle ride, Wave 105’s Mission Christmas Toy Appeal, and one member of the team will even be completing a sky dive.

Managing director of Solutions 4 Recruitment, Carole Clarke, said: “We’re a local business with a host of local clients and contacts so we wanted to work with and support a local charity. We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a variety of events for Wave 105 Cash for Kids in 2013 and it was wonderful to know that our work was truly appreciated. This year we have decided to get involved with some sporting activities as well as planning a few events to participate in as a team, in aid of this extremely worthy cause.”

Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, Gloria Hill, added: “We are delighted that Solutions 4 Recruitment has decided to partner with us for the second year in a row. We couldn’t do the work we do without wonderful support such as this, and we look forward to continuing our partnership throughout the rest of this year.”


Wave 105 Live! delivers another spectacular performance

The Bournemouth International Centre was home to a host of music stars for the fourth Wave 105 Live! concert on Saturday May 31.

Not only was there an array of pop talent on display, but the sell-out crowd was also treated to nearly five hours of entertainment.

With audiences ranging in age from five to 60 plus, there was an act for everyone to enjoy and the atmosphere was electric.

X Factor contestant, Ella Henderson, kicked off Wave 105 Live! and reminded audiences once again why we fell in love with the young TV talent star. Second on the bill, were Alabama-born siblings, The Pierces. From their opening song, they mesmerised the crowd with their breezy, melodious charm.

Third up, and without doubt the biggest crowd-pleaser of the evening, was Peter Andre. As well as taking on the role as guest host for the evening, the showman looked dapper in a suit for his swing set which included songs from his new album ‘Big Night’. Never one to disappoint, the global media star, who has 15 top 20 hits and three number one singles in the UK, got the enthusiastic crowd up on their feet with his renowned smash hit, ‘Mysterious Girl.’

Former Pussycat Doll and accomplished dancer Ashley Roberts strutted her stuff on stage wearing sky-scraper heels, a colourful pencil skirt and leather jacket. She blew the audience away as she belted out her debut single ‘Clockwork’. It was her first ever show in Bournemouth and although she admitted to being nervous without the girls to rely on, Ashley delighted the crowd.

David Gray, armed with an acoustic guitar and a superb voice, proved that a simple set can still make for a spine-tingling impact. After a four-year break away from the spotlight, David dazzled the crowd and had them singing along with his classic hits ‘Babylon’ and ‘Sail Away.’

80’s pop funk band Level 42 are back and from the Wave 105 Live! audience’s reaction, better than ever! Mark King was in fine form with his illuminated sparkling guitar and the popular band stormed through their set with a catalogue of hits.

Another fabulous femme-fatale was next to take-over the stage; the stunning Pixie Lott delivered a powerful performance and threw out some energetic shapes. Pixie performed a medley of her chart-topping songs in an on-trend pinstriped pair of shorts, which she teamed with a cropped top and white tasselled loafers. The ‘All About Tonight’ hit-maker entertained the crowds and showed off her vocal range with an acoustic version of her set list.

It was little surprise headline act, Paloma Faith, would round-up the evening with a terrific performance. Known for her kooky persona and also for making some rather beautiful and distinctive pop music, Paloma danced on a piano and wowed the audience with her powerful voice with hits including ‘Can’t Rely On You’ and current single ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. With it being her second year performing at Wave 105 Live! Paloma ended the night on a massive high and the crowd went wild.

Keith Penny, Wave 105 Live! event director, said: “Wow! What a night! This was our fourth Wave 105 Live! and undoubtedly our best yet. The atmosphere was incredible all night from the first act to the last and even between the acts the audience were fully up for interacting with our entertainment sequences.  It was great to see such a diverse age range all having such a fun time together. Our thanks go out to all of the audience, sponsors and of course the artists for making it such a great night.”

“We are looking forward to bringing more big names to Bournemouth in August for Night Air at the Bournemouth Air Festival.”

Wave 105 Live! supports Bournemouth’s Getting About initiative, which aims to make your travel easier into, and around Bournemouth.

Final Wave 105 Live! line-up announced

David Gray and X Factor contestant, Ella Henderson, are the final two acts confirmed to play at this year’s Wave 105 Live!

The British singer-songwriters will take to the stage at the Bournemouth International Centre on Saturday May 31 to join an all-star line-up of acts including Paloma Faith, Level 42, Pixie Lott, Ashley Roberts, The Pierces and Peter Andre.

Gray released his first studio album in 1993 and received worldwide attention after the release of his best-selling album ‘White Ladder’ six years later. After a four year hiatus, David Gray is back with his 10th album entitled ‘Mutineers’.

X Factor singer, Ella Henderson, marks her arrival at Wave 105 Live! with the release of her debut single, ‘Ghost’. Ella was the youngest X Factor finalist in 2012 and was a strong favourite to win. She has since signed to Simon Cowells’ Syco Music and is hotly tipped for worldwise success.

Keith Penny, Wave 105 Live! event director, said: “We are delighted with the final line-up for this year’s Wave 105 Live!

“It’s a family event and we feel that there is an act for everyone to enjoy. We reflect the fact that we play ‘The South’s Best Variety of Hits’, with a line up featuring acts from the 80’s, 90’s and noughties, current international stars and the stars of tomorrow. We produce the event like a live TV show, so there is always something going on and plenty of surprises. It really is unique and is sure to be yet another superb evening.”

Wave 105 Live! is a live music event produced and hosted by the popular regional radio station and is back for the fourth year running, with the previous three shows selling out.

For further information or to book tickets please visit: http://www.wave105.com/near-you/music-and-gigs/wave105live/.