The Temple of Soul

Soul DJ Brett Franklin
Soul DJ Brett Franklin

There are more festivals heading our way this month, following a bumper weekend of celebrations across the district last weekend.

We were spoilt for choice over the bank holiday weekend, with Morecambe Carnival and Variety Festival, Lancaster Food and Drink Festival, Wray Scarecrows, Scorton Bikes and Barrows, and music events in the city centre.

Next weekend, the 8th North Lancs Soul Festival will feature 44 hours of back to back music across three days, with over 40 soul DJs bringing their boxes of tricks to Morecambe between May 16 and 18.

The free music festival is expected to attract thousands, with the town’s triple decker “Temple of Soul” – Smokey O’Connors – being the centrepiece for the event.

There will also be outdoor music sessions on the Saturday afternoon at The Platform and on the Sunday afternoon at the Midland Hotel.

Genres will include Northern Soul, Motown, disco, raregroove, jazz-funk, soulful house and everything inbetween.

A full programme for the weekend including all the attending DJs is available on the official festival website at with further information available via the festival’s Facebook page.

In Warton, between May 16 and 18, Old School Brewery are holding a three day outdoor beer and music festival.

Live Ale is a celebration of real ale from Lancashire and Cumbria, with two stages of live music.

Acts include Molly Warburton, Jabba The Funk, Gritty Britain, Dara, Sad Eyed Puffins, Cartoon Food, Thistle, Late Night Fiasco, Steve Findlay, Amy-Jo Clough, Matt Jones and Chuckfish.

The brewery is situated in Crag Road behind the George Washington Pub in Warton.

The event runs from 5pm until 11pm on Friday, noon until 11pm on Saturday and noon until 6pm on Sunday.

Entry is £5 per day or £10 for the whole weekend. Tickets are available from the brewery in advance or on the gate on the day.