Fifty musicians join forces for one day riverside music fest

London Klezmer Quartet
London Klezmer Quartet

More than 50 musicians will come together next weekend to perform at a one day festival in the Lune Valley.

Halton Millfest takes place on June 18 at Halton Mill in the village of Halton, between 3pm and midnight.

Philip James Turner and the Crow Mandala

Philip James Turner and the Crow Mandala

During the day, two stages will host sets from Joe McCorriston, The London Klezmer Quartet, Pampahoot, Molly Warburton, Elephant in the Room, The Pug Uglies and Mr Ben and the Bens.

Performances will alternate between an outdoor stage on the banks of the river Lune, and an indoor stage inside the mill, between 3pm and 6.30pm.

There will be food from Go Burrito in Lancaster and The Crossing Point Cafe in Kirkby Lonsdale, craft stalls, a real ale bar featuring beer from Old School Brewery in Warton, Cross Bay in Morecambe and The Borough Brewery in Lancaster, bouncy castles and games for the kids, and a raffle in aid of Cancercare.

The family friendly daytime session is free entry.

Then at night, the action will move inside the mill atrium, which has recently had a new mezzanine floor installed and is now used as an event and performance space.

Halton’s Dirty Hands featuring Thunder Jackson, Philip James Turner and The Crow Mandala, Carpe and Divide and Conker will take to the stage for the evening with a blend of rhythm and blues, rock, soul, funk, country and hip-hop music styles.

Lancaster’s Divide and Conker, borne out of the Lancaster Funk Club, have also secured a full on brass section especially for the event, while Carpe will be back with renewed vigour after some recent procreation!

The evening session starts at 7pm, and entry is £7.

Tickets need to be purchased in advance from Halton Village News and Halton Social Club, from bands or via the Halton Millfest Facebook page.

There will be a very limited number of tickets available on the door on a first come first served basis.