Take the Monday off!

Merry Hell
Merry Hell

Musicians from Africa, Israel, Brazil and Australia will join local and UK acts to perform in 40 venues across the city for this year’s Lancaster Music Festival.

Lancaster Castle will host music in the courtyard, and there will be outdoor stages in Market Square and Sun Square.

Even Lancaster’s Barclays Bank has got in on the act this year, with performances during the day, and the city’s pubs will be bursting at the seams with all manner of genres and styles.

The award winning festival’s programme is that full that organisers have had to add on two extra days so the show starts on Thursday October 9 and ends on Monday October 13.

Festival coordinator Ben Ruth, said: “We’ve had a stunning array of talent applying from around the world that have accepted our invitation including a Ghanaian drumming and choral group, modern jazz from Israel and contemporary jazz from New York, a Hungarian gypsy act and reggae from the sunshine coast as well as Forro from Brazil.

“We expect around 20 acts, many of them international, performing at the Castle during the day Friday through Sunday with a fully stocked bar provided by Heineken.

“This year really will push the music diversity, quality and quantity above any previous year of our festival. But most important of all, and apologies to some subsequently understaffed businesses, we strongly suggest for you to take Monday off!”

Bands performing at the castle include Room Full of Mirrors, Merry Hell, Molly Warburton, Heidi Browne, Geoff Union, Marina Zettl, Alex Hulme, Co Co and the Butterfields, Kakatsitsi, Ragamuffins, Greenheart, Amy-Jo Clough, Butch Ross, Virginia Thorn, Ice Pops for Breakfast, Ozlem Bulut Band, Jeremiah Ferrari and Shalosh.

Over 200 acts will perform over the long weekend, with the final line-up released on July 1 at the festival’s website www.lancastermusicfestival.co.uk.

By Nick Lakin