Halton Festival is back

Jeremiah Ferrari
Jeremiah Ferrari

Rock, folk, reggae, punk, funk and electronica combine to create an eclectic line-up of music at this year’s Halton Festival.

The annual event on August 9 at the Centre @ Halton in Low Road features headline performances from award winning Manchester rock and reggae act Jeremiah Ferrari, York genre hoppers Grinny Grandad and Morecambe three piece Joe McCorriston and The Blockbuster Blues.

During the day, the outdoor main stage will feature sets from Lancaster district acts The Intensely Staring Cats, Blackheart Afterglow, Hiroshima Twinkie, Killer Bunny, Stripped Back, Charlie Galloway and Schooltrip.

It’s free entry from noon, and other attractions include craft and independent stalls, kids activities, rodeo, international food, hand crafted local ale, and the Apothecary cocktail bar. The action then moves inside the Centre at night.

Jeramiah Ferrari fuse reggae, rock, ska, punk, and more to create a sound influenced by the likes of Bob Marley and Sublime, yet unique enough to call their own. They’ve been touring heavily across the UK, supporting reggae and ska heavyweights The English Beat, The Blockheads and Neville Staple. 2014 will see them playing The Willowman Festival with The Wailers and Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, as well as their date in Halton.

Five piece Grinny Grandad fuse surreal references with old school record-crate creativity and come out of it with an infectious brand of subterranean pop. BBC6 Music’s Tom Robinson described them as an “extraordinary band”, and their single The Good Girl has had more than 30,000 hits on YouTube.

Joe McCorriston needs little introduction locally, and after touring extensively as a solo act, he’ll be opening up the evening poeceedings at Halton Festival with his band the Blockbuster Blues.

Entry to the evening show, from 7.30pm, is £10.

Tickets available from The Greyhound in Halton, Coffee Central at the Centre@Halton, and Go Burrito in Lancaster, from April 11. More details on Facebook.