Soft spot for the Lancashire Hotpots

Lancashire Hotpots
Lancashire Hotpots

Acts are being announced for this year’s Lancaster Music Festival, with performances from the Lancashire Hotpots, The Feud, and Co Co and the Butterfields scheduled for venues across the city.

The city’s fourth all genre, multi-venue celebration of music takes place between October 12 – 14, with more than 250 performances in 
30 venues expected to pull thousands of people into Lancaster.

Renowned student venue The Sugarhouse is opening its doors to the masses this year, with a Sunday evening gig that will see Live and Unsigned competition winners Co Co and the Butterfields perform alongside Freerunner, Kaitain, Hannah Nicole Gorge and Katie O’Malley. Doors open at 7.30pm and entry is £5/4 concessions.

Earlier on the same day, the Lancashire Hotpots take to the stage at The Dalton Rooms, with support from Arnside’s Gritty Britain.

Regular readers of this column will know I have a soft spot for the Hotpots, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

I won’t go on about it, other than to say check some of their tracks out on YouTube, especially the video for The Perfect Pint – a great rework of the old classic The Sailor’s Hornpipe with a beer drinker’s edge.

Gritty Britain should complement the Hotpots vibe quite well, with their risqué social commentary on contemporary society, from diverse and individual perspectives, delivered in a Cumbrian dialect, by experienced local musicians.

This has been billed as having a “flagrant use of stereotypes, not for the faint-hearted or the squeamish and a sense of humour is essential.”

This event starts at 3.30pm until 7.30pm and entry is £10, tickets available from The Dalton Rooms.

Fighting Bears, the winners of The Bobbin’s battle of the bands final on Friday night, will also headline the pub’s contribution to the festival.

Additional music venues this year include Waterstones book shop in China Street, The Lord Ashton in North Road and Go Burrito in Lower Church Street.

Festival organiser, Ben Ruth, said: “This year’s festival has certainly built on last year’s.

“We now have Lancaster University participating fully with five of the campus bars putting on national and international acts on the Friday night.

“We’ve partnered with Live and Unsigned battle of the bands to showcase four North West regional finalists... and Lancashire favourites the Lancashire Hotpots will be making their Lancaster Music Festival debut.

“We’ve got much greater national promotion of the event now as well.

“It should be a most enjoyable feast of music for everyone.”

For up to date information on venues, performers and schedules, visit www.lancastermusicfestival.co.uk.