Punk rock hits Morecambe

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PUNK rock well and truly hits Morecambe this weekend, with over 70 bands performing on three stages for the resort’s annual Nice n Sleazy Festival.

The event starts tomorrow, Friday, at the Trimpell Club in Out Moss Lane, and runs until Sunday, with a nice bank holiday Monday cushion for festival goers to fall back on.

Organiser Ivan Harrison said this year’s festival was set to be the best yet, with ticket sales more than double on last year.

“We have managed to secure a number of bigger bands and a marquee stage all because of support from Morecambe Town Council who have been tremendous towards the festival,” he commented.

“The main headline bands this year will be the the legendary Boomtown Rats who had many top hits including I Don’t Like Mondays, Rat Trap, Looking After Number One and She’s So Modern.

“And The Business, from London, will take to the stage on the Saturday night and are one of the country’s top Oi bands.

“It was a great coup getting this band as they only do selected dates at major festivals, a sign that the Nice n Sleazy Festival is growing in stature.

“We will have a few bands from Europe playing including a great German band from Berlin called Radio Dead Ones who take to the stage on Friday evening.”

Other bands include the “next best thing to the Specials”, Bradford’s Natural Rhythm.

“Last year the band was a massive success and played to a packed indoor stage and by popular demand are returning this year,” Ivan added.

Livewire Lancaster will be running the outdoor Marquee stage on the Sunday, including performances from Tyler Mae, Roman Polanska, The Guilty Pleasures, Mitford Rebel and Middle Finger Salute, alongside young local bands Your Last Drive and Stalked by Scarlet.

A pre-festival bash will take place tonight, Thursday, at the Bath Hotel in Morecambe, with a few bands playing classic punk hits over the sound system.

Weather permitting a hog roast will be on the go at the festival, and new for this year will be a kids zone with various attractions.

Advance tickets are available from www.nicensleazy.co.uk, price at £35 or £40 from the box office on the weekend.

Ivan is also offering residents of the district a £30 weekend ticket on production of a copy of this week’s Lancaster Guardian.

Also this weekend, the Lovely Eggs and friends hit The Yorkshire House on Sunday night.

See the Lancaster Guardian (26-05-11) for full story.