Warrington Music Festival through the years, via the posters

Do you remember Man With The Axeman? Dropscience? How about The Wookiees?

Since the first Warrington Music Festival back in 2007, the event has constantly evolved in format, moved to different months and reached out across the town centre. From Queens Gardens to Golden Square and everywhere in between, the organisers have put together events that bring the very best of local music together.

We’ve managed to put together for the first time, every year’s Poster for the Warrington Music Festival. Which was your first? Were Happy Mondays your highlight or did you play yourself and found it to be a highlight in your musical career, let us know on our Facebook page here.

Warrington Music Festival 2007Warrington Music Festival 2007, launched as part of Culturefest 2007.

Saturday 28th July, Queen’s Gardens

Headliner: Exile Parade

Interesting fact: There was two stages, the 2nd which was under a wedding gazebo which was at risk of blowing away. What a long way the festival has come! Read about the first Festival here.



2012 Warrington Music FestivalWarrington Music Festival 2008

Saturday 12th July, Queen’s Gardens

Headliner: The Cordels

Interesting fact: The first to feature a stage for Youth Music Event ‘Plugged’ the event was also filmed by volunteers including your very own [WAM] Editor!



Warrington Music Festival 2009Warrington Music Festival 2009

Saturday 11th July, Queen’s Gardens

Headliner: China White (now known as The Winachi Tribe)

Interesting fact: Many of these posters were created by the same person, Jo MacMichael of Joco Designs, who also created posters for ‘What A Waster’ nights at WA1. If you remember them, you deserve a high five. Find out more about Joco Design on her Facebook page here.


2010 Warrington Music FestivalWarrington Music Festival 2010

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July,
Golden Square & Queen’s Gardens

Headliner: The 66 & Jody Has A Hitlist

Interesting fact: The first Festival spread over two days saw Irish Pop Punk band, Jody Has A Hitlist headline the 2nd day at The Old Fish Market Stage. One of the guitarist has gone on to feature in a band playing Neighbourhood Weekender in 2018..


Warrington Music Festival 2011Warrington Music Festival 2011

Friday 15th – Sunday 26th July, Golden Square, Queen’s Gardens & Parr Hall

Headliner: The Ambersons

Interesting fact: Always looking to do something different, this years event had DJ’s performing on the Friday night, alongside the various guitar based bands.



img_1528Warrington Music Festival 2012

Saturday 14th July, Golden Square, Bank Park & Time Square

Headliner: Dropscience (Golden Square) , Conquer Rio (PluggedIN Stage)

Interesting fact: It’s the only event I wasn’t there! The band I was managing had played on the Bank Park Stage before continuing tour in Liverpool. Also the last performance by Dropscience, save for a one one show a year later.


2013 Warrington Music FestivalWarrington Music Festival 2013

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July, Queen’s Gardens & Barley Mow!

Headliner: Happy Mondays, Slydigs, 7 Day Weekend & Enginevein

Interesting fact: This was a big one! Tickets for Happy Mondays on the Friday were free, distributed on a first come first served basis, with 3000 in attendance.


Warrington Music Festival 2014Warrington Music Festival 2014

Friday 16th – Sunday 20th July,  Golden Square & Bank Park.

Headliner: Blast Tyrant, Roughneck Riot & Scouting For Girls

Interesting fact: The first and only event to feature a Big Top Stage, a long time wish of organiser and co-founder, Steve Oates. Scouting For Girls performed in Kent earlier in the day, and were sent up the M6 with a van full of Beer.


Warrington Music Festival 2015Warrington Music Festival 2016

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th May May, Golden Square

Headliner: Conquer Rio, Lightning Seeds, Reverend and the Makers

Interesting fact: After a fallow year, the Festival was saved with the events long term future secured by the Golden Square, a move which also saw the Festival move to it’s new home in the month of May. Conquer Rio who previously supported Scouting For Girls headlined.


Warrington Music Festival 2016Warrington Music Festival 2017

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th May, Golden Square

Headliner: Slydigs, Space & Cast

Interesting fact:  Slydigs brought the British Sign Language Choir onto the stage for their final song. 90’s Icons Cast & Space played a free ticketed show on the Sunday, which followed a huge ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ singalong, a response to the terror atrocity at Manchester Arena that risked the Festival being cancelled.


GS Music Fest 2018 Poster Golden Square Warrington Music Festival

Warrington Music Festival 2018

Saturday 5th May, Golden Square

Headliner: Fun Lovin’ Criminals

Interesting fact: First time the local artist showcase has combined lineups with the special guest. This isn’t the first time an american band has played at the festival however. That goes to Darling Waste almost 9 years ago. It is however the first appearance by The Ambersons, as a full band since 2013!



Warrington Music Festival 2019

Sat 5th/ Sun 6th May, Golden Square

Headliners: Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape & The Winachi Tribe

Interesting fact: Returning to a two day format, and the return of Shaun Ryder! This year sees the bulk of the bands perform on the 2nd of the two days. Both Black Grape and The Winachi Tribe have performed together so no doubt will be a chance for both to catch up.

Tickets for Saturday’s event sold out in a matter of hours but the Sunday requires no ticket! View the full line up here.


2018 [WAM] CompilationWe’ve produced four Festival Compilation Albums since we launched. They’re all available to download for free now from WArringtonMusic.bandcamp.com 

The 2019 Warrington Music Festival is a free event, with doors from 6pm on the Saturday and music starting at 12noon on the Sunday.


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