Lancaster Music Festival begins

Castle from above at last year's Lancaster Music Festival. Picture by Nick Dagger.

Castle from above at last year's Lancaster Music Festival. Picture by Nick Dagger.

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It’s arrived. Today (October 8) sees the start of one of Lancaster’s biggest events of the year.

Preparations have been in full swing for the Lancaster Music Festival which is taking place until Monday October 12.

Having been shortlisted for a Lancashire Tourism Award for the third year running, this year sees a host of innovations including a festival mobile app, a relaunched website, a new festival ale, city centre camping for those who like the festival-in-a-field atmosphere and a whole raft of new venues, some of which are putting on live music for the first time.

Last year more than 40,000 visitors boomed into the city to enjoy Lancaster’s unofficial bank holiday weekend.

This year promises to be bigger than ever with more than 40 venues hosting over 300 performances from local, national and international acts across a myriad of different genres.

On board for the first time is Lancaster Brewery who invited the festival team to help with the design of this year’s festival ale.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to stay under canvas close to all the action courtesy of Lancaster Cricket Club. There will be both grass and hard standing pitches available with showers and a clubhouse just a few minutes from city centre venues.

More to come.