Get down and festival on the dock

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On Saturday night, Lancaster bands Carpe, Mitford Rebel, Cry Baby Aeroplanes and FreeK take to the stage at the Yorkshire House to raise money for charity.

The gig is being organised by Mitford Rebel vocalist Lauren Denman, whose one-year-old nephew has a rare disease called Stickler Syndrome.

Lauren wants to raise a few quid for research into the disease, which has a number of symptoms.

She also wants to raise awareness and money taken on the door, which opens at 7.30pm and costs £4, will go towards the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, and the Cleft Lip Service at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

It would be great to see The Yorkshire House packed out for some great music and a worthy cause.

The gig is for all ages.

Norwegian six-piece indie band Team Me are the next up and coming act to make sweet music between the bookcases at Lancaster library next month.

Team Me started out as a one hander when Marius D Hagen recorded songs that he found didn’t fit into any other bands.

It has since grown into a six-strong orchestra who make “epic yet fragile sounding orchestral pop music” along the lines of Arcade Fire and Surjan Stevens.

They made their live debut in January 2010, and have put out quite a few records since then.

They’ve also toured with The Wombats and British Sea Power and their 19-word track With My Hands Covering Both Of My Eyes I Am Too Scared To Have A Look At You Now, has been described as “really beautiful”.

The band perform at the library on Wednesday, May 2, from 8pm.

Tickets are available now priced £6.50, from

Songstress Jodie Marie follows at the library on May 14, entry is £7.50, Low perform on July 9, tickets £17.50, Howler on July 11, £10, and Beth Jeans Houghton swings in on September 23 for a matinee show, tickets £10.

Tomorrow afternoon, Friday, singer Sue Parrish will be making herself comfortable at the keyboard at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster from 4pm to 6pm for a solo session, the first of a new weekly residency for Sue.

She’ll be playing solo piano, exploring tunes from the last hundred years, from Irving Berlin to the Beatles and from Burt Bacharach to Adele. Sue said: “My aim is to create a laid-back, relaxed vibe – a chance to relax after a busy week and get ready for the weekend.”

Sounds like a plan.

*More than 40 bands and musicians from across the district and beyond will descend on Glasson Dock this weekend for the annual Dock of the Bay Festival.

Entry to the festival, which includes camping, food, drink and film and starts at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, is just £10. Most of the action takes place in Glasson Dock Village Hall.

For more information and a band line-up, check out the festival’s Facebook page.