Morecambe Music festival only two weeks away!
Popular event twice as big as last year
30 resort venues to take part including brand new pub
More than 110 live music acts to perform
Open mic, freestage and family fun zones added
New festival ale now on sale
The anticipation is building for one of the biggest new events on Morecambe’s festival calendar.
The Morecambe Music Festival returns for its second year and this time will extend to two days with twice as many venues and acts as last year’s successful debut.
The town will rock to the sound of live music on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 with sounds from across musical genres appealing to all ages.
Last year’s one-day event pulled thousands into the resort on a hot sunny July day and this year even more are expected to bring a huge boost to the town’s economy.
Thirty venues across central Morecambe, the West End, Heysham, Westgate, Bare and Torrisholme will take part including pubs, a café, the Midland Hotel, the Winter Gardens theatre, the Festival Market and the brand new Harry’s Bar on the corner of Marine Road Central and Northumberland Street where Morecambe’s own Ibiza DJ Matt Thiss will play a set of summer dance tracks on the Saturday evening.
More than 110 live acts – a who’s who of the local music scene - are set to perform at the festival including The Reggie Mental Band, Divide and Conker, Natasha Bates, Rick Jackson, Twenty Four Seven, Martin Fleming, Jay Blackburn, Jamie Walker, Mark McKenna, Two Stroke Diesel, Jono Peatman, Melanie Horabin, One Non Blonde, Just Above Snakes, Dan Doherty, Mark Yates, Jason Stardust, Philip James Turner and The Crow Mandala, The Rest and many more.
Stuart Michaels, main festival organiser, said it was “an amazing feeling” that the event had grown so quickly in its second year.
“It’s double the size of last year,” he said.
“There were 16 venues last year, there are 30 this year. There were 55 acts last year and more than 110 this year.
“There will be music all the way down the promenade for a couple of miles from the West End to the centre of Morecambe, and also in Heysham, Westgate, Torrisholme and Bare.
“They say the heatwave is going to last another two weeks. Fingers crossed they’re right! Live music in the sunshine…what more could you want on a July summer weekend?”
The 30 venues are: The William Mitchell, Jo n Lees Café, The Hurley Flyer, the Duke of Rothesay, Strawberry Gardens, Regent Park, the George, Trimpell Club, Festival Market, Owls Nest, Dog and Partridge, Cumberland View, Davy Jones’ Locker, Bar Eighteen 66, The Exchange, The Bull, The Royal in Morecambe, The Palatine, Lord Nelson, Harry’s Bar, the Morecambe Hotel, the Chieftain, Smokey O’Connors, the Platform, Joiners Arms, the Wellington, the Winter Gardens, the Midland Hotel, Festival Market, the Crown Hotel, the Bath Hotel.
There will be Open Mics both days at the Platform’s FreeStage event and the Cumberland View on Heysham Road where a Morecambe Music Festival Academy will give newcomers the chance to shine.
“We wanted to encourage the next generation of musicians and bands to come through around our local area and the Cumberland were very enthusiastic about taking this role,” said Stuart.
“So over the two days people and bands can come along and get the experience of playing in front of a live audience which could lead to work on the festival circuit in 2019.”
There will be two dedicated family areas at the festival at Regent Park and the Trimpell Club (Sunday July 15).
“These family areas will have lots going on for the kids as well as the live music and are perfect for parents with young families who might not enjoy the hustle and bustle of the busy town centre,” said Stuart.
The George at Torrisholme will be putting on a Northern Soul night on the Sunday evening and a Meat Loaf tribute will perform at Bar Eighteen 66 in central Morecambe.
A brand new Sunset Morecambe Music Festival Ale has been produced by Cross Bay Brewery and will be on sale at festival venues.
The Morecambe Music Festival is sponsored by Local Choice, Morecambe BID, M6 Media, Printex Solutions, 848 Taxis and Beyond Radio.
The full festival line-up can be found at www.morecambemusicfestival.uk
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