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Purbeck GuItar FestIval


Check out Purbeck’s first multi-genre Guitar Festival organised by Love It Local! From Spanish Classical to Jazz, Blues and Rock, we have it all!

The festival will spans a whole week, from Saturday 25th May to Saturday June 1st. We hope the event will not only bring some great music to the area but will also be a great new attraction that many local hospitality businesses can join in with.

We are also inviting local establishments to put on concerts during the week. Please email us if you would be interested in your business taking part.


There are already three great concerts. The first featuring the UK rising star, Toby Sebastian, a multi talented singer songwriter, and then at the end of the week, the internationally famous guitarists Juan Martin and Carlos Bonell. All concerts taking place at the lovely Priory Church of Lady St Mary in Wareham. Tickets for these concerts are available at

There’s even more!

We are also planning some gigs at local pubs as well as a special guitar evening with a tapas menu in a 16th century barn at the Kingston Country Courtyard!

If you would interested in finding out more about all the events planning then you can subscribe to our Festival mailing list.

Just drop us an email at, and request to join. Or you can follow our facebook page for updates.

love it local presents JUAN MARTÍN

Juan Martin’s unique sound has been honed through a lifetime of concerts and recordings and performing with legends of the song and dance like Rafael Romero and Eva la Yerbabuena.

He has recorded 20 albums, published 17 books and was invited to appear in a Spanish film ‘Donde tu Estés’ when only 17 years old. He has since made three films/dvds with his flamenco dance company.

Voted into the top 3 flamenco guitarists in the world by Guitar Player USA, Juan Martín has toured the world playing concerts from Shanghai and Melbourne to New York as well as in the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Critics have compared his compositional talent to that of Albéniz, Turina and Tárrega.  He played for Picasso’s 90th birthday celebrations and his books and films for learning the guitar are now translated into many languages with his original book ‘El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra’ being referred to as ‘The Bible’ of flamenco guitar.

Tickets also be availible at AF Joys, 35 North St, Wareham BH20 4AD

love it local presents carlos bonell

Born to Spanish parents in London in 1949, Carlos learned to play Spanish folk music from the age of 5 with his father who was a keen amateur guitarist. He studied at the Royal College of Music with John Williams and was appointed the youngest ever professor at the age of 22. 

After Carlos’ New York début in 1978, the New York Times described him as an artist of “superb poetic gifts”. Appearances followed at many international festivals followed including The City of London, Aldeburgh, Helsinki, Israel, Tanglewood, Sydney, Istanbul, and Hong Kong.

Currently, Carlos is helping Sir Paul McCartney to compose a concerto for guitar and orchestra.

Carlos’ recordings include the original BBC TV Inspector Morse theme, alongside the more recent TV series Endeavour. His Queen Guitar Rhapsodies CD is a concerto-style arrangement of music for solo guitar and symphony orchestra. It was widely praised, including by Queen’s Brian May himself. The album of Beatles arrangements Magical Mystery Guitar Tour went to number one on the UK classical iTunes charts, and reached the top ten in the overall UK iTunes charts

Tickets also be availible at AF Joys, 35 North St, Wareham BH20 4AD

love it local presents toby sebastian

Touted as ‘One To Watch in ’23’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, Toby has been making an impressive mark on the live scene. Last spring, he played his first headline UK tour, a resounding success with gigs all across the country, including his biggest home-town show to date at Oxford O2 Academy.

Toby first launched himself into the public eye in 2012, beginning his career as an actor which has seen him play roles such as Trystane Martell in Game Of Thrones and portraying Andrea Bocelli in the biopic The Music Of Silence.

Last year, Toby released the video for the single ‘Midnight’, featuring guest vocals and appearance from his sister Florence Pugh. The track has achieved over five million streams on Spotify alone, the song is a homage to their childhoods spent singing and playing together.

Toby has been working with Matthew Benbrook for all releases since 2019, a producer affiliated to artists such as Dido, Paolo Nutini and Ed Drewitt.

Tickets also be availible at AF Joys, 35 North St, Wareham BH20 4AD


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