Having a party at Playfest

The Karma Party
The Karma Party

WARTON village is holding a one-day music festival next Saturday with two stages, a real ale tent, and an eclectic line-up of bands and musicians.

Playfest takes place in a field off Sand Lane in Warton Village, with a 2,000 capacity, with space available for camping on the Saturday night.

Blackpool-based The Karma Party are headlining the event, with some members perhaps known for their role in Sonic Boom Six.

Also on the bill is former Garstang now Liverpool based Alex Hulme, The Art Club, Nancy Kent and The New Generations, The Excessive plus Tom Robin from Arnside, Ulpha 590 and Mollie Warburton from Carnforth, and Preston bands Flight of Arrows, Johnny 5th Wheel & The Cowards, Templebys and Fighting.

The Karma Party’s vocalist “Merc” hails originally from Warton, so this will be a homecoming gig for him.

They class themselves as punk-step – “an innovative, punchy sound incorporating punk, hardcore, darkstep and dub elements with fast, melodic guitars and electronica, peppered with rapid-fire destructive lyrics that explode into social consciousness”.

They recently released EP Dark Matters.

Signed to Cityscape Records, Garstang-born singer-songwriter Alex Hulme has played for Sir Paul McCartney and Billy Ocean, and supported a wealth of artists including Willy Mason, Willis Earl Beal and Emmy the Great.

Alex’s first two EPs caught the attention of BBC DJs and festival programmers alike and his third EP, The Start, is out now.

Entry is £8 on the door, or £15 per tent pitch, and all money raised will go to Warton Village Society and local charities.

Full details can be found by searching for PlayFest 2012 on Facebook.