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Warrington Music Festival 2019,
Sat 4th May 6pm-11pm & Sun 5th May 12noon – 11pm
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Please note [WAM] has no involvement in Warrington Music Festival, and we do not deal with artist submissions.
What a fantastic weekend of live music we had at Warrington Music Festival in 2019!
Find videos from the majority of the artists who played over the weekend here.
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Warrington Music Festival is here! Over 22 local bands will play the Old Market Place Stage in the Golden Square alongside Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape and The Farm this weekend. Whilst the Saturday has sold out of all allocated tickets, the Sunday is completely free and does not require a Ticket.
With so many bands on the line up you’re spoilt for choice, so we’ve spoken to seven of the bands who can tell us more about what to expect and who they are looking forward to seeing. Many thanks to 4ft Soldiers, Scholar, Kula Bay, Muddy Elephant, Edits, Kaleiders & La Scala. Find Part one here.
Part two featuring The Winachi Tribe, Serratone, Crawlers, The Bid, Olly Thornton & Thoughtune can be found here.
You haven’t got long to pick up the special Warrington Music Festival edition of the weekend section, includes in last weeks Warrington Guardian. Over six pages there are interviews with Shaun Ryder, FEZ, Festival founder Steve Oates as well as a competition to win a VIP meet and greet with The Farm (update: enter via website now).
WARRINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED!
On Saturday 4th May 90’s favourites Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape and The Farm will take to the stage, supported by a DJ set from Inspiral Carpet’s Clint Boon and Warrington based Indie-Pop band FEZ. Tickets sold out in just four hours!
Made in Manchester by former members of Happy Mondays and The Ruthless Rap Assassins, Black Grape is filled with swagger, fun and cryptic humour as well as loaded with great musical talent from Shaun Ryder and Paul Leveridge, also known as ‘Kermit’.
Black Grape’s albums including ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight…Yeah’ and ‘Stupid, Stupid, Stupid’ cemented the band in the UK music scene.
The Farm enjoyed worldwide success after the release of the band’s first album, ‘Spartacus’, in March 1991 as well as eight ‘Top 40’ hit singles in the UK including ‘Groovy Train’ and ‘All Together Now’.
This will be a FREE ticketed event. Tickets will be released at 9am on Friday 22nd March and will be available from the Golden Square website (now sold out). Tickets will be offered on a first come first served basis. Maximum 2 per booking. Terms & Conditions apply. Doors 6pm.
On Sunday 5th May Dave Monks from BBC Music Introducing Merseyside will host a line-up of 22 upcoming and emerging bands, headlined by Warrington’s very own, The Winachi Tribe for a full day of entertainment from 12noon – 11pm.
No Ticket is required for Sunday 5th May.
Sunday’s full line-up
The Winachi Tribe // Kula Bay // Serratone // Hanover // Filthy Tricks // The Lotts // Thoughtune // Hollow Vandals // Crawlers // The Racket // 4ft Soldiers // La Scala // The Bid // Muddy Elephant // Scholar // Olly Thornton and the Shirts // Jack Woodward // Sophie Morgan // Edits // Kaleiders // Pacific // Marc Gallagher
Ian Cox, Golden Square director, said: “Warrington Music Festival is going to be a fantastic two days for everyone involved. The team has been working hard to ensure that we have a great mix of genres, styles and artists.
“I’m thrilled that we’re able to give so many talented groups, singers and performers the platform to experience playing to an audience of thousands. The emerging acts will be taking to the stage from 12pm on Sunday and we can’t wait for it to start.”
Steve Oates, organiser of festival, added: “Music is a powerful way of connecting people and providing identity and expression to the town. Although culturally we might be often overshadowed by the neighbouring cities, having both Manchester and Liverpool on our doorstep provides some brilliant opportunities that we are working hard to exploit.
“The support given by The Golden Square and The Warrington Bid team to The Music Festival has been fantastic. I think it shows considerable ‘out of the box’ thinking on their part and as a result the response to the opening event on Saturday May 4th was amazing, with tickets being snapped up in hours.
“The headliners for this event are Warrington’s The Winachi Tribe, who are one of the hardest working bands you could have the pleasure of working with. They’re living proof that if you are committed, realistic and work hard you can achieve your goals in life. It’s going to be a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everybody there.”
We can’t wait to see you Warrington. Let’s make this this best year yet!
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May. Ticket needed for the Saturday only.
2018 Line up, subject to change. Find out about all the bands here
21:15 – 23:00 – Fun Lovin’ Criminals
20.00 – 20.30 – The Winachi Tribe #
19.30 – 19.50 – FEZ
19.00 – 19.20 – Sly Antics
18.30 – 18.50 – Psyblings
18.00 – 18.20 – The Ambersons #
17.30 – 17.50 – The Zangwills #
17.00 – 17.20 – Kula Bay *new time #
16.30 – 16.50 – Floral Scene #
16.00 – 16.20 – Tall Children *added
15.30 – 15.50 – Hanover #
15.00 – 15.20 – Serratone #
14.30 – 14.50 – Phase 3 #
14.00 – 14.20 – Michigan #
13.30 – 13.50 – Evila #
13.00 – 13.20 – Kerry Sheree #
# Track available to stream/ download for free on this years Festival Compilation now.
Which was your Warrington Music Festival? In a hugely popular article, we are going through a potted history of the event across the various sites and formats. Click on the image to be taken through our history of Warrington Music Festival, through the posters!
[WAM] WArringtonMusic is very happy to announce the track listing for this year’s Music Festival Compilation,out now in advance of the yearly Festival, taking place over the Early May bank holiday weekend Saturday 5th May).
With 11 tracks included, there is something for everyone, with the latest single by #5YearsOfWAM performer, The Winachi Tribe ‘Room With A Zoo’, joined by many artists who are making their first appearance at the Music Festival such as The Zangwills and Floral Scene, having made waves on the North West Music Scene on the digital compilation.
Editor of [WAM], Lee Harman would like to thank all the artists who have contributed tracks to the compilation: “It is fantastic that we have been able to bring together a cross selection of fantastic music from artists across the genres. Showing that the Warrington Music Scene offers some of the very best bands and artists in the North West.
Fans can expect a very ‘New York’ gig
They may be one of the very quintessential New York band, fusing together rock, hip-hop blues and occasional Tarantino film quote or two. But after cutting their teeth in the clubs, but many may not know that all three members of Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Huey Morgan, Brian ‘Fast’ Leiser drummer Frank Benbini all now live in the UK. May also missed that frontman Huey is a DJ for BBC Radio 6.
If you’ve already grabbed your Scooby Snacks or wondering why everybody is going Loco for the ‘Crims, head over to the Warrington Guardian website where David Morgan asks all about getting signed after an early show, their next album and their special relationship with the city that never sleeps.
“Some people know your music, some don’t. So there’s that energy of trying to win everybody over. We’re all in it together to have a good party.”
Fun Lovin Criminals top the Warrington Music Festival line up after an all day showcase of Warrington and north west talent. This Event is free and no ticket is required.
“Watching the festival grow and evolve over the past 11 years has been a real pleasure.” – Steve Oates, Warrington Music Festival Organiser/Founder
Following the announcement that Fun Lovin’ Criminals would be headlining Warrington Music Festival on Saturday 5th May, today another 15 local bands and artists have been announced. Those joining the line up for the free ticket-less event are:
See the full line-up joining Fun Lovin’ Criminals below:
20.00 – 20.30 – The Winachi Tribe
19.30 – 19.50 – FEZ
19.00 – 19.20 – Sly Antics
18.30 – 18.50 – Psyblings
18.00 – 18.20 – The Ambersons
17.30 – 17.50 – The Zangwills
17.00 – 17.20 – Harlee
16.30 – 16.50 – Floral Scene
16.00 – 16.20 – Kula Bay
15.30 – 15.50 – Hanover
15.00 – 15.20 – Serratone
14.30 – 14.50 – Phase 3
14.00 – 14.20 – Michigan
13.30 – 13.50 – Evila
13.00 – 13.20 – Kerry Sheree
The celebration of music, organised by Steve Oates in partnership with Golden Square, will kick off at midday on Saturday, May 5th.
New York band Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ main support will be Warrington’s The Winachi Tribe.
The electro funk collective recently shared a stage with Slydigs at Parr Hall to celebrate the fifth anniversary of [WAM].
They also went on a short tour of the West Coast of the United States for the first time in early March.
Other bands topping the bill are emerging act Fez, inspired by Arctic Monkeys and Catfish and the Bottlemen, alternative group Sly Antics, whose line-up includes former Lymm High student Chris Allen, psychedelic rockers Psyblings and recently reformed Warrington favourites The Ambersons.
Steve Oates said: “The addition of an established, headline artist to the music festival first happened in 2013 with Happy Mondays.
“Since then, the headline performance has taken place on different day to the emerging-talent event.
“This year is different in that we’ve brought everyone together on the same day, providing a great opportunity for new and emerging artists to share the same professional platform and reach audience numbers that wouldn’t be possible for them on their own.
“The bands performing this year have been selected from the very best musical talent from Warrington and across the region. – Steve Oates – WMF’18 Organiser
“Watching the festival grow and evolve over the past 11 years has been a real pleasure.”
Ian Cox is the director of Golden Square Shopping Centre which a became a partner of the not-for-profit festival in 2016,.
He added: “This year’s festival is completely free and there’s no need to get tickets.
“We advise people to get here early both to see and support the fantastic talent on stage throughout the day, as well as getting a good spot to take in Fun Lovin’ Criminals.
“Every year we like to shake up the format of the festival, taking feedback from previous years and improving it. This year – the festival’s 11th – we wanted to ensure all of the emerging talent gets the largest audience possible.
“Having them perform on the same stage, on the same day, as the international guests – Fun Lovin’ Criminals – is just one way for us to do this.
Just a few of the artists who will be playing at Warrington Music Festival in 2018
Warrington Music Festival to return on Saturday 5th May ft Fun Lovin’ Criminals
STICK ‘em up punk…the Fun Lovin’ Criminals are coming to Warrington in May – and the gig is free.
The Scooby Snacks singers have been announced as the headliner of the 11th Warrington Music Festival.
The celebration of music, organised by Steve Oates in partnership with Golden Square, will kick off at midday on Saturday, May 5.
It is believed to be the biggest free, ticketless music festival in the north west and will also feature performances from dozens of emerging bands from Warrington and beyond before the multi-million selling New Yorkers, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, take to the stage in the Old Fish Market.
“Fun Lovin’ Criminals are coming as a part of their UK and European tour this summer, and we’re incredibly lucky and excited that they agreed to be a part of our free celebration of music.”
Steve Oates, who secures the emerging talent for the festival, said he was thrilled that this year’s acts would be sharing the bill with the worldwide stars.
“We think this approach will give the up-and-coming performers greater exposure and also bring a unique atmosphere and experience to the audience,” said Steve. “It’s going to be a great experience for them and will make the day an even more special event.”
Fun Lovin’ Criminals hail from New York City and found global fame in the late 1990s. Their eclectic musical style fuses hip hop, rock, blues and jazz together with R&B, punk and funk.
Golden Square has been a long-time supporter of the festival, acting as venue for the past few years.
Ian said: “Last year’s event with Space and Cast was our best yet but we want to continually evolve the format to ensure we are giving the people of Warrington the best experience. With that in mind, this year we’re hosting the emerging talent and our headliners on the same day.”
Further details on Warrington Music Festival – including the line-up of performers – will be announced in the coming weeks.
BREAKING NEWS: Warrington Music Festival is to return to the Old Market Place, on Saturday 5th May for a one day event run by Golden Square Shopping Centre.
More to follow.
Head to WArringtonMusic.co.uk for all the latest information on the festival in the coming weeks.
Please note [WAM] has no input on Warrington Music Festival, and we do not deal with artist submissions.
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Headliners were Slydigs who brought the Warrington British Sign Language onto the stage for the closing track.
Photos from all three days can be found here: http://bit.ly/2rqgDY7
The Warrington Music Festival Compilation is still available to download for free from our bandcamp page here
See you in 2018!
We catch up with entertainment Editor of Warrington Guardian, David Morgan to talk us through the 12 page Music Festival pullout, and how important the Festival is to him and the artists of the town. We also touch on the tragic events of Monday night in Manchester. Read more here.
Warrington Music Festival organisers made the decision not to postpone this weekends events following consultations, with additional precautions in place. Read more here.
We have a pair to give away, find our more here. (Competition is now closed)
Ever wanted to ask Saturday’s headliner, Slydigs questions using their song titles? Well WArringtonMusic.co.uk has done all the hard work for you? Who would Dean subsitute himself for? Read more here.
WArringtonMusic.co.uk is very happy to say that this years Warrington Music Festival Compilation is out now to stream and download for free.
[WAM] have put together a selection of artists who are playing across the three days at the end of May 26-28th.
Among the tracks included is Blow Up Doll by Sunday co-headliner Space and How Animal Are You, the new single by Burtonwood’s Slydigs.
Find the rest of our releases on the downloads page here.
Find all the news you could need about the Warrington Music Festival on our Festival section here,
MORE than 25 bands and singer-songwriters have been added to the line-up for Warrington Music Festival after organisers announced plans to extend the event.
Due to an overwhelming amount of interest from artists in the area, there will be live music on the evening of Friday, May 26, ahead of the main event during the bank holiday weekend. Burtonwood’s Slydigs will headline a day of performances from artists all over the north west and Warrington at the Old Fish Market on Saturday, May 27.
Then Cast, Space and DJ Clint Boon will close the festival on Sunday night, May 28. The Friday of Warrington Music Festival will also bring a new dimension to the free showcase with the artists spread across stages in more than 10 of the town’s bars and restaurants.
This means music fans can pick and choose the bands they want to see by moving between the venues. This style of event has become increasingly popular in recent years with rise of Manchester festivals like Dot to Dot, Neighbourhood and Carefully Planned.
Luke Scott, who used to be in Warrington band The Stocks, is managing the Friday night.
He said: “The demand for performance opportunities that we saw this year made us soon realise that we needed more stages. The logical solution was to extend the event to the Friday evening and involve more people. We approached venues and asked them if they’d like to be involved and the response we got was fantastic.”
Anima Jazz Bar
7pm Fort Myers
11pm 16 Jackals
The Auction Rooms (hosted by Miss Warrington)
8:45pm Adam Bradbury
9:45pm Christopher Tavenar
10:45pm George Evita
11:30pm Jam Night Sessions With Diz
9:30pm Joe Taylor
10:00pm Freaks Off The Street
10:30pm Kieran Gallimore
The Blue Bell
9.30pm Monty Due
10pm The Beard Band
8.30pm The Capitals
9.30pm Peter Roch
10.30pm Polar States
11.30pm The Grand Illusion
Barley Mow (with Kye Jones)
7.30pm Wynn Warlow
8pm Ben Robinson
8.30pm Matt McClure
9pm Evil Piccolo
9.30pm Matt King
Rag and Bone
7pm Joe Hatton
Mojos Bar and Tapas
*weekend lineup subject to change
Read interviews with Friday’s Festival Manager, Luke Scott, formerly of The Stocks and Centre Director for the festival’s host and partner Golden Square, Ian Cox, on the Warrington Guardian website by clicking here.
THE line-up has been revealed for the first day of Warrington Music Festival. Saturday 27th May will see 20 bands and artists from Warrington and the across the North West play the free, non-ticketed event at the Old Fish Market.
They will be joined by The Tamalas, Stillia, Delphina Kings, Psyblings, Sweet Release, Black Pulp, Weekend Wars, Filthy Tricks, Dirty Berns, Beware The Wolves, Danxia and Dientes.
Excess, Realm42, Priestley, No One Sun, Fez, Myth of Unity, Kye Jones and Jack Woodward complete the line-up.
Headliners will be Burtonwood’s Slydigs, who spent much of 2016 playing with iconic rockband, The Who, across the world.
The aim of the festival is to showcase and champion Warrington and north west bands before 90s icons Space and Cast close the weekend on the Sunday.
Ian Cox, centre director of Golden Square, said: “With such a strong line-up for Saturday we are sure it will be a really popular day. There are no tickets needed for Saturday. Music lovers can come down to the centre and enjoy the festival for free. There’s always a great atmosphere for the start of the bank holiday weekend.
Festival organiser Steve Oates added: “Choosing the line-up for this year’s event has been difficult, but also a real joy. There are so many exciting bands and musicians out there creating great music and sharing it with the world.
“Bringing them all together in one place and giving them all the opportunity to be a part of the Warrington Music Festival is fantastic. It’s great to see Slydigs returning to the festival. The band actually secured their management deal following their performing here in 2013, and since then they have gone on to do great things including recently supporting The Who across America.
“With the Golden Square’s support we can offer everyone the chance to see live music for free and offer the amazing talent a great platform to perform.”
More coverage on the 20 chosen acts will follow in the coming weeks, right here at WArringtonMusic.co.uk
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Slydigs will be headlining the Saturday night of Warrington Music Festival (WMF).
The Burtonwood rock and roll band, who supported The Who on their US and European 50th anniversary tours will be playing a free open air set at the Old Fish Market on May 27.
Slydigs will bring the day of music to a close after performances from 22 Warrington and north west artists.
The WMF show is part of Slydigs’ UK and European tour and coincides with the release of their new EP How Animal Are You? Slydigs are familiar faces on the Warrington Music scene and signed a management deal on the back of their previous headline performance at the event in 2013.
Festival organiser Steve Oates said: “None of us would try to take any credit for any of the hard work that Slydigs put in and, ultimately, that’s what has got them where they are today.
“It’s good to think, though, that billing them as headliners alongside Happy Mondays back in 2013, and giving them the same staging, PA and lights might have made it easier for them to be perceived as a band with the potential to play alongside rock legends such as The Who and embark on their own European tour.
“We’re really pleased that they’ve managed to schedule a return performance in their home town at the Warrington Music Festival.
“And it’s great that, despite the success they’ve had over the past three or four years, we’re still talking to the same approachable, professional and dedicated young men who have performed at the event since they were teenagers.
“It’s going to be a fantastic show and a great opportunity to catch them live.”
Indie icons of the 90s, Cast and Space, will be performing on the Sunday night of WMF on May 28.
Steve added: “As well as providing the opportunity to watch successful and musical icons the event has stayed true to its main goal of promoting emerging talent both from Warrington and across the region.
“That’s what this event is about to me, giving new artists access to fantastic exposure and promotion in the run up to the event and then providing a professional stage that shows them off to their full potential.”
We will bring you more details on the rest of the Festival’s acts, when we get them.
Congratulations Slydigs, you’re going to be superb!
Free tickets for Cast and Space are SOLD OUT!
ALL 3000 tickets released for the co-headline show of Cast & Space have now been claimed. In the past few minutes, the Eventbrite page shows all tickets have been taken by excited fans in just just over 4 hours.
The free bank holiday weekend of live music – on Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May – will feature performances from dozens of up and coming bands, before the iconic stars take to the stage to headline the festival in front of more than 3,000 lucky fans.
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 Cox, Centre Manager.. “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.”
“It’s been an amazing few hours and we’re all absolutely thrilled that this year’s GS Warrington Music Festival is already gearing up to be the most popular yet.”
“Whilst Sunday tickets have been snapped up, it’s worth remembering that the Saturday event is open to everyone, from 12noon to 11pm,” said Ian, Golden Square Centre Director Ian Cox. “We know there’ll be some disappointed people who were unable to get hold of Sunday tickets, and all I can say is – don’t give up hope just yet.
“We have a few surprises coming up in the next few weeks, so there may yet still be a chance forpeople who don’t have tickets yet to come along to the show!”
With tickets all claimed, we look forward to hearing more about the bands playing the Saturday. Submissions are still being taken up to Sunday 12th March. Find out more about applying to play Warrington Music Festival here.
There is no entry to this event without a valid ticket so print out the attached pdf and bring it with you on the day.
Alternatively keep your tickets handy on your phone by using the Eventbrite app.
They will be playing in front of 3,000 revellers on an open air stage in the Old Fish Market.
The readers of [WAM] recently had their chance to voice their opinion on the Co-headliners, with over 70% excited to see the bands play, whilst only 3 people voted for Peter Andre to return! It was then understandable that the Golden Square website went down for 20 minutes earlier on today (Friday) under demand for tickets. Read more about our poll here.
Be sure to keep visiting WArringtonMusic.co.uk as we bring you more details from Warrington Music Festival as we get them.
Submissions open! Apply to play Warrington Music Festival 2017
Applications are now being accepted for the town’s biggest music showcase of the year as the organisers of Warrington Music Festival are looking for bands and solo artists to play on an outdoor stage at the Old Fish Market on Saturday, May 27.
Twenty-two performers will take to the stage for the all-day event before 90s indie icons Space and Cast close the weekend with a co-headline set in front of 3,000 people on Sunday, May 28.
To apply to perform at the Warrington Music Festival, send information along with links to your band website, Facebook, Soundcloud page to email@example.com.
The closing date is March 12. No entries sent to [WAM] will be part of any consideration.
It has also been revealed that free tickets for Space and Cast’s gig will be available from 9am on Friday, March 3.
A maximum of two tickets can be reserved per person on a first come, first served basis.
Warrington Music Festival is now run in partnership with Golden Square. The shopping centre team helped secure the event’s long term future after the 2015 festival was called off at the 11th hour.
Steve Oates, who launched the event, said: “When the festival began 11 years ago we were bruised by a rejected Arts Council funding bid and started holding fundraising concerts. Everyone gave their time for free to raise the money needed to put a stage and PA in Queens Gardens the following year.
“Of the two bands that performed at the first fundraising event, two were from Warrington and one was from further afield. We wanted to provide opportunity for Warrington musicians and we wanted to promote the town as a destination for artists from across the country.
“As we tossed a coin on the stairs of the WA1 venue on Legh Street, to see which of the Warrington bands would headline the night, the new Golden Square development was taking shape through the window below. The Old Market Square, within Golden Square, became the home for the Festival in 2010 and the support the centre has given the event since then has been fantastic.
“No longer do we fund this event with pound coins from biscuit tins, Ian Cox and the Golden Square management team share the ambition to make the Warrington Music Festival the biggest and best free music festival in the country.
That’s great news for the event, the musicians who perform, the next generation of musicians who become inspired, the audience and the reputation of the town as a live music destination.”
Ian Cox, centre director at Golden Square said: “Steve’s passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of the music industry is second to none and the support he can offer emerging talent is priceless. As well as Steve’s support, Warrington Music Festival offers emerging talent a great platform as well as being part of a really great weekend for Warrington.”
Steve added: “Music venues have come and gone and come again over the last 10 years but what has remained constant is the enthusiasm and support of the crowds that attend this event each year.”
Free tickets for Space and Cast’s gig will be available at gswarrington.com from 9am on Friday, March 3.
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 and 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.
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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CAST and Space will be headlining Warrington Music Festival on Sunday, May 28 – and tickets are free.
Warrington Music Festival teamed up with Golden Square last year to secure the event’s future after it was cancelled at the last minute in 2015. In 2017 they will return to an 90’s throwback scene when the Liverpool bands take to the outdoor stage at the Old Fish Market, in-front of a attendance of up to 3,000 fans.
Radio X presenter and Inspiral Carpets keyboardist Clint Boon will also be doing a DJ set on the night.
Cast and Space will close the not-for-profit festival, now in its 10th year, after a full day of performances by emerging and unsigned Warrington and north west bands on Saturday, May 27.
Ian Cox, centre director of Golden Square, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Cast and Space will be playing at this year’s GS Music Festival.
“Both of the bands are touring again this year and we’re incredibly lucky and excited that they agreed to be a part of our free celebration of music.
“Last year’s event was brilliant, a really huge success.
“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.”
“We’ve played host to some great acts over the last few years, everyone from Happy Mondays and Reverend and the Makers to the Lightning Seeds.
“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, who performed at V Festival at Victoria Park in 1996, have released five studio albums.
Their debut All Change became the biggest-selling debut of all time for Polydor Records, and their second album Mother Nature Calls also went platinum.
Also from Liverpool, Space enjoyed huge success in the mid-90s with their singles Neighbourhood and Female of the Species securing them chart success and ensuring albums Spiders and 1998’s Tin Planet were big sellers.
The four-piece were also well known for teaming up with Cerys Matthews for The Ballad of Tom Jones which they performed for Jools Holland’s New Year’s Eve Hootenanny.
Reuniting in 2011 after a few years apart, the band have been recording and performing at festivals across the country, with their last album, 2014’s Attach of the Mutant 50ft Kebab.
Warrington Music Festival is one of their first live dates of the year.
Previous headliners of Warrington Music Festival have included Dance/Indie legends, Happy Mondays, Scouting For Girls and The Lightening Seeds over the years.
Read more about the Warrington Music Festival on the Guardian website here. We will update WArringtonMusic.co.uk as as when we know more over the coming weeks.
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Warrington Music Festival 2016!
With 22 artists playing over 11 hours, there is bound to be something for everyone at Warrington Music Festival.
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We are happy to announce the set times for all 22 artists playing Warrington Music Festival on the 28th May, at the Old Market Place, Golden Square. Entry is free all day.
Conquer Rio 10:40 pm
Viola Beach Beacon lit 10:30pm
Roughneck Riot 10:00 pm
Midnight Suns 9:30 pm
The Jackobins 6:30 pm
Harlee 4:30 pm
Kieran Gallimore 2:30 pm
Scruff 2:00 pm
Kye Jones 1:30 pm
Ellie Dibben 1:00 pm
Zha 12:30 pm
Selfish Lovers 12:00 pm
For more information about Warrington Music Festival, pick up today’s Warrington Guardian (19th May). If you wish to write about the Festival for [WAM], please email us at WArringtonMusic@gmail.com
This years Warrington Music Festival will pay tribute to Viola Beach and their manager, Craig Tarry.
At 10:30pm, a special Viola Beach beacon will be lit, and the organisers ask that people are there to remember the five lives taken too soon.
The poster brings together just some of the many images associated with the band, such as the phone boxes and rainbow umbrella.
With the families fully behind the beacon, it’ll be a nice way to pay tribute to a band who would have been pride and place on the biggest weekend of music the town has to offer. read more here
Entry to the Warrington Music Festival on Saturday 28th May is free.
Meet your Festival Headliners.. Conquer Rio!
From a shared love of rock bands back in GCSE Music, to headlining the Warrington Music Festival, the all Warrington five piece made up of Tom Jordan, Jake Bate, Dan Cobley, Lewis Melia and Ben Roberts, have been making a name for themselves across the country. In advance of their Festival appearance on Saturday 28th May, we caught up with Lewis (Bassist and Vocals), to talk inspirations, highlights and how they will be making it a trio of Stadium appearances this month when they perform at St James’ Park.
Firstly, congratulations on the news that you’ll be headlining WMF for the first time.
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
Our sound is built on what many people would see as Pop Rock. Big vocals, sing-along choruses but a lot of rock band sounds sat underneath all of that.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
It’s difficult to say as we’re all into so many different aspects of commercial music. If you pushed us to give you 3 bands we’d probably say Kings of Leon, The Killers and Twin Atlantic but that’s only from the feedback we get from people who see us!
Has their been any particular highlights for yourselves personally or as a band when it comes to Warrington Music Festival?
I think 2014 was pretty special as we were kindly asked to be main support for “Scouting for Girls”. We grew up during the time when they had their spell in the charts so it was pretty surreal to then be playing to that big crowd, in our hometown, just before they headlined the weekend.
Of course, since being in a band, the Warrington Music Scene has seen some setbacks with venues closing and bands calling it a day. How important is the Festival and the support it gets from the residents of the town?
I think it’s hugely important. During our first year or so as a band, the music scene in Warrington was still surviving but then slowly declined from there. It’s difficult for Warrington being in between two of, arguably, the biggest music cities in the world. But, if the organisers can still keep delivering the great line-ups, I’m sure the festival will continue to grow year on year.
Another big news in the Conquer Rio camp is being asked back by the RFL to play the Magic Weekend in Newcastle. What is it like to play such large events and how did you come to be invited back for a third time?
It’s certainly a change from a usual weekend for us. A nice change, of course! The first time we played in a stadium, you could say we were slightly nervous but you certainly learn quickly on how to just enjoy every minute of it. The best is sound-checking in an empty stadium; no other feeling like it! Not many bands get the chance to do it, so it’s something I don’t think we’ll ever take for granted. The RFL actually contacted us directly this year to see if we were available to come back and we couldn’t have been more eager to add another stadium in St James’ Park to our CV!
Do you prepare any differently for these kind of events?
I wouldn’t say there’s too much of a difference for us in terms of preparation. I suppose we all sense that step up in energy during rehearsals in the week leading up to it, but there isn’t too much else. We’ll be in hotel rooms together for the whole weekend so that’s certainly something we wouldn’t normally do for a gig.
You have been a band for a long time, what advice would you give to upcoming artists?
We’d probably say two things to any up and coming artists. Firstly, never stop writing. No matter how good or bad you feel your writing is going, you’ll always be improving and learning more and more each time. Even if one song is completely different to the next, never restrict yourself to one sound. Secondly, always ask questions. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. And that is SO true.
Other than the Magic Weekend, what should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
We’ve got plenty of writing to be getting on with as we are looking to head back to Magic Garden Studios with Gavin Monaghan towards the end of the year so keep your ears out for new stuff from us!
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On Saturday 28th May, from 12pm-11pm, Golden Square presents a day to celebrate new and emerging talent in conjunction with the re-launched Warrington Music Festival. We are happy to announce Conquer Rio will head up a line-up of 22 up and coming bands and artists. The Festival stage will return to its regular home in the Old Market Square. With free entry once again, Warrington Music Festival will be the biggest celebration of new talent in Warrington this year.
A month-long celebration of style, fashion and music will culminate in two days of live music from emerging and upcoming bands who will perform on the same stage as iconic Indie bands, Reverend and the Makers and the Lightning Seeds at Warrington’s Old Market Place within the Golden Square Shopping Centre, on 28 and 29 May
Headliners Conquer Rio have already earned a reputation for their invigorating live shows and their anthemic sound. No stranger to the northern music scene they have performed at the Etihad’s Magic Weekend, the 2013 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford and supported Scouting for Girls at the 2014 Warrington Music Festival.
They return to the festival to perform tracks from their debut EP, a record full of expressive melodies, dramatic hooks and catchy rhythms.
They are joined on the bill by folk-punk band, Roughneck Riot who have been making their mark on the underground punk scene for over a decade receiving high praise for their high-octane live performances. The band are regulars in Warrington, having recently staging their second yearly mini-festival at the Pyramid Centre in March.
Also performing are Psyblings, a five-piece psych/noise rock band who merge gritty blues, psychedelic rock and punk to create engaging live performances.
Despite only forming in 2014, Liverpool band The Jackobins are festival veterans having performed at Tramlines, Strawberry Fields, Party in the Pines and Liverpool Calling amongst others. Their latest single ‘One More Chance’ was playlisted on BBC Introducing Merseyside, BBC Radio 6 and Radio X.
The full line up for Saturday is:
Conquer Rio, Roughneck Riot, Midnight Suns, Psyblings, Portalights, Priestley, Voodoo Blood, Love For Zero, The Jackobins, The Tamalas, Grand Illusion, Danxia, Harlee, Kindest Of Thieves, Edits, Joe Hatton, Kieran Gallimore, Scruff, Kye Jones, Ellie Dibben, Zha, Selfish Lovers.
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Kicking off at midday, entrance to Saturday is free with the last band finishing at 11pm.
Sunday 29th May, from 6pm:
Style Rocks GS: EXCLUSIVE GIG in the Old Market Square
The grand finale of Style Rocks GS is an exclusive outdoor gig headlined by Sheffield indie rock band Reverend and the Makers and The Lightning Seeds.
Reverend and the Makers are best known for Top 10 single ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’, and have recently released their fifth album Mirrors to critical acclaim.
The Lightning Seeds are famed for classic albums including ‘Sense’, ‘Jollification’ and ‘Dizzy Heights’ plus the brilliant football anthem ‘Three Lions’, still a sung out from the terraces at England matches.
They will also be joined by Inspiral Carpets icon and Radio X DJ Clint Boon who will be kicking off the night playing legendary tunes, indie and dance classics.
Tickets for the Sunday Style Rocks GS finale are £15.00 from the Customer Information Desk or £16.75 including booking fee at http://www.gswarrington.com/style-rocks- tickets.html . Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Doors 6pm. #StyleRocksGS @goldensquareuk
This is a non-profit making event. All ticket proceeds directly fund the cost of the two-day music event.
Filled with fan favourites, and new artists, there is bound to be something for everyone.
Entry into the Warrington Music Festival, within the Old Market Place is free on Saturday 28th May, whilst the Reverend and the Makers/ Lighting Seeds event on Sunday 29th is tickets only. Buy tickets on gswarrington.com or via the Customer Service Desk in the Golden Square.
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 on 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.
What are your thoughts on today’s announcement? Leave your comments below!
Tickets for the Sunday go on sale Wednesday 6th April at gswarrington.com
Original Article by David Morgan for Warrington Guardian
With less than two months until this years Warrington Music Festival, we recommend contacting the organisers as soon as possible.
– Places are still available for the Warrington band showcase on May 28. If you are in a band and want to play, send a short biography with links to SoundCloud and Facebook to firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE do not contact [WAM] with submissions, we have no involvement with the Festival.
WARRINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014!
WARRINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014!
We are very please to bring to you the line-ups for this years Warrington Music Festival. Over three days, we see will see local bands of all genres, displaying the full breadth of talent the town has to offer, with Blast Tyrant, The Roughneck Riot joining pop sensations, Scouting For Girls as head-line bands each day!
Full line up announced so far..
WARRINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 PRESENTS:
Friday 18th July
FUTUREPROOF Stage – Bank Park – Big Top Event (Start time 17:30)
The Electric Mafia
Fight to Fail
Saturday 19th July
OLD MARKET PLACE Stage – Golden Square (Start time 12.00)
The Roughneck Riot
The Black Circles
The Kindest of Thieves
The Phoenix Experiment
The Diamond Bays
Loor a Los Heroes
SUNDAY 20th JULY
YOUTH CARNIVAL – Bank Park – Big Top event (Start tine 12.00)
TO BE ANNOUNCED
SUNDAY 20th July
HEADLINE EVENT @THE OLD MARKET PLACE -Golden Square (Doors 7pm)
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
with Support from
CONQUER RIO &
All events are free excluding Scouting For Girls and Support with tickets £20 from the Pyramid & Parr Hall Website and Tel: 01925 442345
Do let us know what you think of the lineups below and on our Facebook Page, we will also be bringing you FULL coverage of the Festival and speaking to the headliner’s, plus many more of the bands in due course.
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Warrington Music Festival
Closing date for Submissions is nearly upon us!
If you’d like to apply send your details to: email@example.com
Deadline for submissions is Friday May 2nd!!
SUBMISSIONS OPEN ON APRIL 11!!
Pleased to announce that submissions to play at Warrington Music Festival 2014 open on Friday 11 April.
Warrington Music Festival brings a weekend of live music to Warrington town centre in July 2014 Now in its eighth year, this year’s festival promises to deliver more great artists as well as showcasing new music from across the region.
Any band or artist can enter the festival, which is scheduled to take place across Warrington town centre during the weekend of 18 – 20 July.
The event has been organised by Culture Warrington and Jukebox Events with support from Golden Square Shopping Centre and Warrington Borough Council.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 2 May. For details on how to enter please see below.
To be in with a chance of performing at Warrington Music Festival 2014 email:
Contact number and email address
Brief biography, links to Facebook, Youtube, SoundCloud, etc
Age of band members
The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 May 2014. The artists will then be chosen when the full line up is announced in late May.
Videos from the main stage of Warrington Music Festival 2014
Indie legends Happy Mondays will headline the main stage at Warrington Music Festival on Friday 19 July.
The three-day festival will take place on seven stages across Warrington town centre during the weekend of 19 – 21 July.
Warrington Music Festival has been running since 2007, acting as a platform for local and regional bands in the North West. This year is bigger than ever with more than 80 bands performing along with the Happy Mondays who headline the main stage at Golden Square in Warrington Town Centre.
Warrington Music Festival is a free event. Tickets must be obtained for the Friday and will be available from 10am on Saturday 13 July at the Old Market Place, Golden Square, Warrington, WA1 1QB with a maximum of two tickets per person being given out on a first come first served basis. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and proof of age may be required.
For more information call Pyramid & Parr Hall Box Office on 01925 442345.
Friday 19 July
Main Stage @ Golden Square – Doors: 7.30pm
In Blue Skies
DJ James Glover
Saturday 20 July
Main Stage @ Golden Square – 12noon-11pm
The Phoenix Experiment
The Black Circles
Chi and the Twelfth Wall
The Kindest of Thieves
The Diamond Bays
The Fifth Movement
Queens Gardens – 1.30pm-8.30pm
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Andy Lebb & Dave Clark
Youth Café Stage – 12noon-6pm
A selection of young local acoustic artists
Barley Mow Indoor Stage – 7pm-11pm
Sunday 21 July
Plugged In @ Warrington Town Hall – 12noon-7pm
Seven Day Weekend
Above The Underground
All Out Of Luck
Chaos In The Rain
Eve Drops Acid
Arte & The Expandables
Into The Wormhole
Sometime After Dark
The Electric Mafia
See You In July
Like I Care
The God Complex
Mr Jungle & The Swan
(Source: Culture Warrington)
Revealed: The five finalists in the Hotwired competition
Warrington Guardian readers have had their say.
Five hopeful bands have been hand-picked for the final of the Hotwired competition but only one can win a high profile slot atWarrington Music Festival. Burtonwood’s The Progress , Latchford’s Project Number 1, Cinnamon Brow and Culcheth’s SONS, Stillia and TITORS INSIGNIA were the highest scoring acts in our text and phone vote.
Stillia and Titors Insignia are from St Helens but have a strong Warrington following.
Each band will now have to prove themselves at a live final at Pyramid and Parr Hall on Saturday, May 25.
They will have to impress the crowd as it is up to them who wins the festival slot as well as support from the Guardian for a year.
The line-up of Warrington Music Festival will also be unveiled that night.
Culture Warrington are pleased to announce that submissions are now open for the Warrington Music Festival 2013.
Any band can enter this year’s festival, which is scheduled to take place across Warrington town centre during the weekend of 19 – 21 July.
The event showcases local and regional talent and offers bands the chance to play their own material on a professional stage. There will be various stages including an under 18s stage.
The festival is now in its seventh year and promises to build on the success of last year’s festival which saw bands perform across four stages in the Town Centre.
Warrington Music Festival has been organised and will be ran by staff at Pyramid and Parr Hall and Score Creative.
Closing date for submissions is Friday 3 May. For details on how to enter please see below.
To be in with a chance of performing at Warrington Music Festival 2013 email:
Contact number and email address:
Brief biography, links to Facebook, Youtube, SoundCloud, etc:
Age of band members:
The deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd May 2013. The artists will then be chosen when the full line up is announced late May.
([WAM] is not associated with the organisers of Warrington Music Festival 2013)