A great line-up planned for Morecambe Festival

Jake Quickenden
Jake Quickenden

I must say I’m very excited about this year’s Morecambe Carnival. I know it’s not until May but preparations have been in full swing behind the scenes. The carnival committee work their socks off all year round to organise every last detail of this amazing weekend.

I’ve had the pleasure of being part of the presenting team on The Bay Stage the past couple of years and the crowd is always incredible, I can’t wait to get back on that stage. The whole event just gets bigger and bigger and the line-up this time is our best yet.

Darren Milby, presenter with The Bay radio, with Faye Bowness in the studio on St George's Quay.

Darren Milby, presenter with The Bay radio, with Faye Bowness in the studio on St George's Quay.

There are still many artists to be announced but so far we have Scouting For Girls. Famed for cheeky hits such as ‘She’s So Lovely’ and ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead.’ They popped into The Bay studios last year for a live session on my Drivetime show. My boss took them to the pub for a few scoops and told them all about the carnival. They were very excited to sign up.

Alesha Dixon will also be performing on The Bay Stage. The former Mis-Teeq singer has a hectic diary in May with filming commitments for Britain’s Got Talent but no one says no to Morecambe Carnival.

Speaking of Britain’s Got Talent, last year’s finalist Henry Gallagher will be reunited with Alesha. Henry is still only 13 and is no stranger to Morecambe after performing at the event last year. His self-penned love song went down a storm with the crowd.

Singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner is a superb addition to the line-up. In 2007 his debut album was certified double platinum in the UK. He released his fifth album ‘Human Love’ back in November. Newton is a superb live performer so we are in for a real treat.

As regards eye candy, the blokes have Alesha Dixon so to balance things out we need some totty for the girls. Jake Quickenden is the man. He reached the live finals of X Factor and then was a runner up on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

See I told you the line up is great and that’s not all. More artists will be announced in due course including some incredible local acts. Fingers crossed for a heatwave over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.