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.
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.
Warrington 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 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.
Warrington 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 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.
Warrington 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.
Warrington 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 2014
Friday 16th – Sunday 20th July, Golden Square & Bank Park.
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 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 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.
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.
The 2019 Warrington Music Festival is a free event, with doors from 6pm on the Saturday and music starting at 12noon on the Sunday.