Lancaster music festival to return with a bang

Lumberjack Heartbreak Trucking Company play at Lancaster Castle for Lancaster Music Festival.
Lumberjack Heartbreak Trucking Company play at Lancaster Castle for Lancaster Music Festival.

The countdown is on for Lancaster Music Festival which is set to be bigger than ever with 345 performers across the district.

Now in its seventh year the festival will boast hundreds of performances across 45 locations.

Starting on Thursday October 8 until Monday October 12 the festival attracted 67,000 visitors to the city last year in what is known as the “unofficial bank holiday.”

This year there are 10 new venues to enjoy, including four of Lancaster’s historic outdoor squares.

Dalton Square, Sun Square, Market Square and the Judges Lodgings will host outdoor performances and workshops.

This section of the festival is funded by Lancaster BID which has helped towards the cost of staging and producing the 27 acts which will perform there.

Named “Square Roots” the new venues mean audiences will be right in the heart of the city centre.

Manager of the BID, Liz Hickingbotham, said: “The mission is to put Lancaster on the on the map locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as a world class music city.

“We’ve pumped more money into marketing the event and using Lancaster’s historic squares promotes the city centre attractions as well as the music, so it’s positive for everyone.

“We are hoping even more people will come here to eat, shop, relax and enjoy the music.”

More Music will also be joining forces with Lancaster Music Festival to produce the Wide World Stage on Sunday October 11 at 12pm.

As part of the festival weekend, a free outdoor stage in front of the Judges’ Lodgings beside Lancaster Castle will feature international musical talent.

The eye-catching Melodrome Stage will become the Wide World Stage for the afternoon, live music will take place from 12pm until 5pm.

The acts on stage will be Brazilian beatboxer/musician Rafe, the Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir, TwoManTing from Sierra Leone and Amani PlatNet, a collective of musicians specialising in African and world drumming.

Rafe has performed all over the world and recently appeared at the Edinburgh Festival and More Music’s West End festival.

The Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir brings together women to explore and celebrate the many languages, cultures and religions which are represented across Greater Manchester.

Amani PlatNet is a collective of musicians who perform African music to help share the different styles of music with the public.