POLL: Are you excited for SPACE and CAST at Warrington Music Festival ’17

The first lineup of Space, circa 1996
The first lineup of Space, circa 1996
Promotional image of Cast released in 1996
Promotional image of Cast released in 1996

Liverpool Indie rock band’s SPACE & CAST are the first acts announced for this years GS Warrington Music Festival Weekender, bringing a close to the weekend of music over the May Bank Holiday (Saturday 27 May & Sunday 28 May).

It was back in 2013, after a range of different arrangements of venues and days, that Warrington Music Festival introduced a ticketed event  on Friday night to complement the day of live music on the Saturday, with up to 3000 revellers filling the Old Fish Market Square for Indie/Dance legends, Happy Monday’s. Singer Rowetta even enjoyed herself so much, she returned the day after to join China White on stage.

The event was then moved to the Sunday, and a charge on tickets was introduced to help cover the costs of the not-for-profit event, with Scouting For Girls (2014) and a co headline show of Reverend and the Makers and The Lightening Seeds (2016) taking over.

This year will see up to 3000 tickets  for Sunday’s event will be given away to make the event best yet. But with both the bands heyday coming back in the 1990’s, are you excited for this years event.

Golden Square has been a long-time supporter of the festival, acting as venue for the last few years. “Last year’s event was brilliant, a really huge success,” said Ian,  centre director of Golden Square“ but we wanted to make this year’s even better and we’re excited that for 2017 we’re able to offer free entry. The fact that we’ve secured some of the area’s biggest names to perform underlines how committed we are to making this a weekend to remember.”

As well as Cast and Space, Inspiral Carpets legend Clint Boon will be making a return appearance at the GS Music Festival. “We’ve played host to some great acts over the last few years, everyone from Happy Mondays and Reverend & the Makers to the Lightning Seeds,” said Ian. “But to have giants like this – and all from our region too – is really a coup for us. This is going to be a banner year for the festival.”

Formed in the early 90s, Cast have released five studio albums, with their debut ‘All Change’ becoming the biggest-selling debut of all time for Polydor Records, and their second album Mother Nature Calls also going platinum. More than a decade after disbanding in 2001, the original line-up of John Power (guitar/vocals), Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson (lead guitar), Pete Wilkinson (bass) and Keith O’Neill (drums) reunited for the acclaimed ‘Troubled Times’ in 2012, and this year are going on tour to support their brand new sixth album.

Also from Liverpool, Space enjoyed huge success in the mid-90s with their singles ‘Neighbourhood’ and the bona fide classic ‘Female of the Species’ securing them chart success and ensuring albums ‘Spiders’ and 1998’s ‘Tin Planet’ were big sellers. Reuniting in 2011 after a few years apart, the band have been recording and performing at festivals across the country, and 2017 will see them on tour again – with GS Music Festival one of their first live dates of the year.

Further details on GS Warrington Music Festival – including admissions and other performers – will be announced in the coming weeks.

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