Free outdoor music show ‘just what Lancaster needs’

Jeramiah Ferrari playing to a packed crowd in Market Square.
Jeramiah Ferrari playing to a packed crowd in Market Square.

A free two-day live music show to christen the new Market Square plinth has been hailed as a rousing success.

Hundreds gathered to watch bands play on the £120,000 landmark on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

‘Lancaster Sounds of Summer’ saw a mixture of classical, rock, jazz, reggae, brass and funk acts perform in the open air.

They included Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band, Hairpiece Suite, Jeramiah Ferrari, Get Carter and The Convulsions, Templebys, Roomful of Mirrors and players from Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra.

Ben Ruth, co-ordinator of the event, said: “The vibe was wonderful.

“We got the impression that so many people in Lancaster love live music and were so happy that we were doing it there.

“I’d do it every weekend in summer if I could.”

Mr Ruth said the turn out was around 700 people over the weekend which was “encouraging”.

“For the next one, we will step it up,” he said.

“We kept it to a relatively small audience area this time as it was just a pilot event.

“Next time we will bring in a much bigger rig and an outside bar area next to the museum, and focus the music towards the steps.”

Mr Ruth thanked Bar 1725 for donating 40 chairs for audience members.

The plinth will be used as a performance ‘stage’ again during the Lancaster Music Festival in October for a ‘Larks on the Plinth’ youth music event.

‘Lancaster Sounds of Summer’ was funded and organised by the Lancaster Unlimited Business Improvement District (BID).

“It was fabulous,” said Suzi Bunting, BID manager.

“The support from Lancaster businesses, residents and visitors to the town was fantastic, the atmosphere for a Bank Holiday weekend was wonderful.

“The city centre had a continental, cosmopolitan feel, with happy people, eating, drinking, wining and dining – enjoying life and the holiday weekend.

“Everyone was relaxed and the entertainment was a bonus for all those within the city centre, shopping and visiting Lancaster.

“There was a lot of impromptu dancing from children, families and adults all having a wonderful time – whilst being entertained by some amazing musicians.

“We heard many comments of thanks for providing the lovely music and lots of repeated requests that we should undertake this again, this should happen more often and this is exactly what 
Lancaster needs.

“The ‘plinth’ is going to be a splendid facility for many organisations to utilise for the future in Lancaster.”

Laura Howorth, who was at the event, tweeted: “Great to hear live music in the Market Square!”

The BID is currently pulling together an autumn programme of events in Lancaster called ‘Season of Culture’.