August HaltFest getting closer
Live music, family fun and great food and drink combine once again at this year’s Halton Festival. Now in its second year, the event attracted over 1,000 people in 2013, and organisers are inviting everyone back for another summer celebration on Saturday August 9th.
The playing fields at the Centre will be the setting for the free daytime event, featuring up to 20 stalls, kids activities, international food, hand crafted local ale and plenty more besides. The festival also hosts the annual skate competition on one of the best skate parks in the north west. BMX, scooter or skateboard – a £5 entry fee gets you in the running to compete for some great prizes.
The outdoor stage will play host to bands and singers from the Lancaster area, including sets from Killer Bunny, Stripped Back, Charlie Galloway, Blackheart Afterglow, Schooltrip and The Intensely Staring Cats.
In the evening, the fun moves inside The Centre with music from Morecambe indie rockers Joe McCorriston and the Blockbuster Blues, York genre hoppers Grinny Grandad, and Manchester’s award winning reggae/rock/ska four piece Jeremiah Ferrari. Entry to the evening show, from 8pm, is £10.
Co-organiser Adam Lucas said: “The response to last year’s festival was fantastic, so we couldn’t resist doing it again. “Whether you’re kicking back with a beer and a burrito enjoying the live music, browsing the independent stalls which offer arts, crafts, cakes and cards and more besides, or braving the rodeo, you’re bound to find something you like.
“We’re really pleased with our hand picked music line-up as well, with acts we’ve enjoyed seeing at other gigs and festivals.
“We want everyone to get into the festival spirit, relax and soak up the atmosphere before the party continues into the evening.”
Jeramiah Ferrari fuse reggae, rock, ska, punk, and more to create a sound influenced by the likes of Bob Marley and Sublime, yet unique enough to call their own. The band has been touring heavily across the UK, supporting reggae and ska heavyweights The English Beat, The Blockheads and Neville Staple. Their release last year of The Dubby Rock EP received strong radio support across the UK and reached number 4 in the Itunes Reggae Charts. 2014 will see them playing The Willowman Festival with The Wailers and Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, and we’ve managed to secure them in Halton as well.
BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson described then as an “extraordinary band”, and their single The Good Girl has had over 30,000 hits on Youtube.”
Other highlights at the event will be Greenlands Farm, The Apothecary cocktail bar, bouncy castles, site art, a dance display, Go Burrito, and Enjoy A Ball.
Mr Lucas added: “We very much welcome volunteers who can help set up and break down the festival and help out on the day, so if you can spare a few hours we’d love to hear from you.
“We also have spaces left for stalls so if you think you can bring something unique to the festival, email us on Hfest@hotmail.co.uk.” More information about the festival can be found on Facebook.
The daytime event runs from 11am until 6.30pm and entry is free of charge. Tickets for the evening show will be available from June from The Greyhound Pub in Halton, the Coffee Shop at the Centre (during opening hours), and Go Burrito in Lower Church Street, Lancaster.
Watch a previous event here: