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MORECAMBE’S seventh annual Nice ’n’ Sleazy Punk Festival just so happens to be taking place over Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubliee weekend.

Whether planned or not, it’s a fitting punk “tribute” to the British Monarchy, and I’m guessing there’ll be more than a few nods to The Sex Pistols anarchic anthem at the Trimpell Club this weekend.

Those that were perhaps looking to celebrate this most special of occasions by sitting in a darkened, soundproofed room, watching Citizen Smith, The Young Ones or Blackadder series three, can now look towards this beacon of sound and light where 65 bands, including The Anti-Nowhere League, The Business and Natural Rhythm, take to three stages.

Local bands Freek, Mitford Rebel, The Cosmic Fingers and The Dead Puppeteers also perform over the weekend.

Weekend tickets for the festival, which starts tomorrow, Friday, are £45 in advance and on the door, and include camping.

The festival features two indoor stages and an outdoor marquee stage, two bars, food outlets, merchandise stalls, a tattooist, kids area and a games area.

Tickets are available online at www.nicensleazy.co.uk, or at the box office at the Trimpell Club.

There’s more punk on offer at the John O’ Gaunt in Lancaster, on Monday afternoon, with the first Lancaster Punk and Disorderly event.

The free event, which runs from 2pm, features the likes of Big Door Open, Red Daze, Cosmic Fingers, Mitford Rebel, The Dead Puppeteers, Pnuk, Fly by Nights and Graham Mumford.

The Peter Frank’s Jazz All Stars pay a first time visit to the Crofters Jazz Club this Sunday.

The band play a mixture of traditional, New Orleans and Dixieland jazz with a set of skiffle thrown into the pot too.

The All Stars include jazz trumpet/flugel horn player Ian Royle, “Mr Entertainer” Rod Mcnamara on drums, ex-Harmony Hounds banjo/guitarist Chris Howles accompanied by trombone and banjoist Dave Morell and saxophone/clarinettist Martin Boyd with leader Peter Frank on bass.

Organiser Derek Daniels said: “This is a top-class band not to be missed, and you are advised to arrive early to guarantee a table as jazz starts at 8pm.”

Food is available and entry is £6 for adults, and £3.50 for juniors. For more details, contact Derek on 01772 709923.

Coming up in June, Lancaster-based ECP Promotions present a trio of dates featuring a whole range of genres and artists.

Following recent successful gigs including last weekend’s Lach gig, the promoters bring American melodic indie band Jack Lesser Lewis’ Awkward Energy, ramshackle pop duo The Middle Ones and Lancaster’s Stephen Hudson to the Yorkshire House next Thursday, June 7.

A week later on June 15, punk rock band Lithium State are supported by Scragfight, Dork Turnspit and Pink Socks, while Sunday, June 17, sees an eclectic Lancaster line-up with Ottersgear, Plainview, Sootytern and Mitford Rebel.

Finally, Lancaster singer-songwriter Nancy Kent has been added to this year’s Kendal Calling line-up.

She will appear on the Riot Jazz stage, which was a revelation last year, bringing forth an eclectic selection of jazz, world, funk, electronica, hip-hop and chilled out sounds.

Nancy, who recently supported Charlene Soraia and Jodie Marie at Lancaster library, will perform with her backing band The New Generations at the festival on Friday, July 27. She is also currently recording material for her debut EP.