Town and gown unite


It was a sad week for Lancashire last week when Preston music venue 53 Degrees announced it was closing to the public.

From 2015, the venue, run by the University of Central Lancashire’s Student Union, will close to non-students meaning Lancashire has essentially lost what is probably its best and most prolific music venue.

I’m guessing many Lancaster gig goers will have hopped on the train to Preston for a show over the last 10 years and then hightailed it back home on the late bus.

53 Degrees has attracted a high calibre of artists across a broad spectrum of styles and notably good gigs for me have been Zero 7, Orbital and most recently The (Beautiful) South.

Let’s hope Lancaster Castle can fill the big hole left here in Lancashire’s music scene?

This Friday, alternative folk singer Beans on Toast performs at 53 Degrees with support from Ivan Campo and Bad Cardigan.

Next Saturday, June 21, Lancaster University Electronic Dance Music Society (LUEDMS) and 118 Audio celebrate the Summer Solstice at Lancaster Friary.

DJs Yousef, Silicone Soul and Rolando will be spinning records until late in this unique city centre venue.

LUEDMS said: “For our final and biggest event of the year, LUEDMS will be collaborating with 118audio to bring you an event which will raise the bar for Lancaster’s continuously evolving and expanding dance music scene.

“We want it to be clear that, although one half of this collaboration is a university society, this is NOT a student only night. We want to provide an environment for everyone in the area to enjoy some truly world-class DJ talent.

“Unity is, after all, what the dance music scene has always been about.

“What better way to kick start the summer than with a night of letting loose to a line-up of internationally renowned artists from the world of house and techno, right here in our native Lancaster.”

Tickets are £10 in advance and £15 on the door. The event runs between 9pm and 5am.