It’s time to start polishing your dancing shoes as the city braces itself for the sixth annual Lancaster Music Festival.
As jazz strains and standards encapsulate the city this weekend for Lancaster Jazz Festival, next month will see over 160 acts perform 200 shows over five days including in a bank, on a horse drawn beer wagon, in a beer and wine shop, and within Lancaster Castle’s courtyard.
The music will play at 44 locations across the city between October 9 and 14, with genres across the spectrum from blues, rock, folk, indie, funk and soul to samba, brass, vaudeville and classical.
Along with local favourites such as the highly irreverent edgy country of The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Company, blistering indie with Carpe and Lake Komo, samba act Batala, 60’s Hammond groove with Get Carter, classical ensembles from players from the Haffner Orchestra and the nationally known duo The Lovely Eggs, there will be acts from around the UK including 2014 Open Mic UK winner and BBC Introducing pick Heidi Browne, Southampton acoustic duo Eagle & Weeks, Manchester’s one man band genius Paddy Steer and another Mancunian with seriously fast fingers Franco and the Dreadnought.
The festival’s international programme will feature Viennese songbird Marina Zettl, a Vienna newcomer with Armenian fire, Ozlem Bulut, a Swedish neo-folk band with the deceptively descriptive sobriquet of Gibrish, a bombshell of a west coast rock and roller top 40 in the form of the racy Lacy Younger, soul sensation Andria Simone from Toronto, deliciously deft modern jazz from Tel Aviv’s Shalosh, Ghanaian drum and chant from Kakatsitsi and the blistering funk rock of New Jersey power trio Sensory Hoverload.
For the first time in 1,000 years Lancaster Castle will be hosting live bands with 23 concerts over the three days. Entry is £1, with most of the other venues free entry.
There will also be street theatre, ale festivals and lots of great food. Check out the full line-up at www.lancastermusicfestival.co.uk.