Lancaster Music Festival 2017 is almost here!

October 05, 2017 - 9:00am

Lancaster Music Festival 2017 is almost here!

It's back again! The ninth incarnation of the award-winning Lancaster Music Festival is set to run between 12th and 16th October incorporating Lancaster's Unofficial Bank Holiday Monday (rest assured the banks will still be open) with the largest ever line-up of over 500 acts at more than forty venues.

Festival Coordinator, Ben Ruth says: "We've pulled out all the stops to once again make the festival the biggest and best we've ever had. All the old favorite venues will be putting on their usual roster of outstanding Local, National and International talent and in addition, we have introduced a number of new innovations to make the festival experience even better"

Some of the additional features for 2017 include:

• Vintage Shuttle Busses. Whilst the festival remains Welcoming, Walkable and Wonderful, there will be shuttle busses running on Saturday and Sunday from the City Centre to some of the more outlying venues at a cost of £1 per trip or £5 for an unlimited pass.

• Musical Barges. Featuring performers and buskers between the White Cross and Waterwitch venues

• Party in the Park will be held in Williamson Park from Friday to Sunday during the festival weekend with a number of top-class acts, food stalls and busking performances.

Whilst the vast majority of performances will be free to enter there are also a number of ticketed events over the weekend. Ben Ruth says: "Having ticketed events allows us to bring performers to Lancaster who we wouldn't otherwise be able to afford"

Festival favourites Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co. And the Soap Girls will both be holding shows at The Yorkshire House and the Lumberjacks will also be playing the Gregson Centre. Advance tickets for these gigs and lots of others are available from the Festival website www.lancastermusicfestival.com.

As well as hosting the Festival Launch party on Wednesday 11th October, Lancaster Brewery will also be hosting acts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will also be producing the limited-edition Festival ale which will be on sale at many of the Festival venues.

Lancaster Castle will once again be hosting the main stage with an entry during the day costing a mere £2 per visit or £6 (including booking fee) for a pass covering unlimited daytime entrance for Friday and Saturday. On Friday night Lowes with support from The Molly Warburton Band will headline the Castle Stage and on Saturday the headliners will be the fantastic Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra, a chance to see some of the stars of the future! Headline events are ticketed separately and are also available on the Festival website.

Sunday will see the Castle taken over by Fiesta Bombarda who will be providing a cracking line-up headlined by Hackney Colliery Band with their unique blend of contemporary rock, jazz and electronica. Again, advance tickets are available from the Festival website but you'll need to get in quickly as the limited Sunday Early Bird passes are sure to sell out fast. There are wristbands for sale which allow you to gain access to ALL events held at Lancaster Castle main stage during the festival weekend.

It's not just the pubs, clubs and cafes that will be offering entertainment through the weekend, the Festival will once again be having family-friendly entertainment in Market Square, Sun Square and Dalton Square and also a special one-off performance in St Nicholas Arcade by The Haffner Orchestra.

Outdoor Events Coordinator, Lucy Reynolds says: "We know not everyone can go to events in licensed premises and so it makes sense to have some in the fantastic spaces that the city's squares offer. We've got the Melodrome stage in Sun Square on Saturday and Sunday, Performers in Dalton Square on Sunday and the usual eclectic mix in Market Square from Friday to Sunday. I'm particularly looking forward to Turnaround Dance Theatre's performances of The Thief the Fox and the Phoenix on Sunday afternoon"

World famous guitarist, Gordon Giltrap will be hosting this year's masterclass at The Storey on Saturday morning and will then be headlining in the auditorium on Sunday night with guest Carrie Martin. Tickets for both are limited and available from the Festival website.

Full details of all the acts, venues and schedule are contained in the Festival Guide which is now on sale at venues and the Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres priced at £1. You can also download the free iLancaster city, coast and countryside app which gives you access to our Festival applet. There you can access all listing information, create your own schedule and fill in our feedback survey. Available on Android and IOS devices.

Ben Ruth said: "We really have gone the extra mile to bring you your best ever Festival. It's been hard work but we're now looking forward to what is the biggest event in the City's calendar. Enjoy and if you have the chance, take Monday off, you'll need it!"

“It was great that Lancaster was so busy with so much music going on”