The future of the yearly Music Festival has been secured which sees the event moves forward in the year, taking place over two days of the Spring May Bank Holiday Weekend.
The popular showcase for unsigned bands will see 20 as yet unnamed Bands & Artists perform at a free showcase all day on Saturday, May 28. Then on Sunday, May 29, Sheffield indie rock band, Reverend and the Makers, and 90s hitmakers, The Lightning Seeds, will perform a double headline gig to 3,000 people in the Old Fish Market, with tickets priced at £15. Inspiral Carpets legend, and Friars Court favourite, Radio X DJ Clint Boon will also be warming up the crowd on the decks.
It was in 2013 when the first special guests were invited to be part of the Warrington Music Festival, which celebrates its 9th year in 2016 after the event was cancelled last year. Happy Mondays were followed by indie pop three-piece, Scouting for Girls in 2014 who shared headline slots with local bands, Blast Tyrant and Roughneck Riot.
Steve Oates, who has organised the festival since it first launched, said: “Since 2007, the Warrington Music Festival has provided a focal point for many of the town’s creative community.
“This new partnership with Golden Square is a really exciting prospect for Warrington musicians wanting a professional platform to promote their talents.
“Ian and the Golden Square management team have offered the Warrington Music Festival stability and a secure future for year’s to come.
“We’re really looking forward to developing this new relationship and building an event of which everyone can be proud.”
The Lightning Seeds had a string of hits in the 90s including The Life of Riley, Lucky You, Pure and Change.
They famously got a number one when they sang the 1996 England anthem, Three Lions, with Frank Skinner and David Baddiel.
Warrington Music Festival is also now part of a bigger celebration of culture throughout May. Golden Square will also be transformed into an exhibition space to showcase work from international photographer, Denis O’Regan Stylist, and costumier Roger K. Burton is also contributing to Golden Square’s ‘Style Rocks’. With more information over on the Warrington Guardian Website here.
How the event will stand up to the many other events taking place around the Spring May Bank Holiday weekend such as the Magic Weekend in Newcastle and Slam Dunk Music Festival in Leeds which many people in the town may already have travel and accommodation commitments. But I am sure we can all agree it is good to have the Festival back after it was dearly missed last year.
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Tickets for the Sunday go on sale Wednesday 6th April at gswarrington.com
Original Article by David Morgan for Warrington Guardian