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Indifferent Monkey

A band from Morecambe has triumphed in a competition giving a local group the chance to open Highest Point festival.

Indifferent Monkey were chosen by BBC 6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins as the winners after a public vote over the past few weeks.

The other finalists chosen by voters were Cadaver Beach, Listen Twice, The Outerlines and The Vandangos.

Read more: Contest launched to find local band to open Highest Point festival - Beyond Radio

Announcing the news in a video on the Highest Point Instagram, Chris Hawkins said:

"Congratulations Indifferent Monkey, absolutely brilliant, loving your work!

"You've won the opening spot on Friday May 10 at Highest Point, playing on the same stage as Tom Odell, Sam Ryder, Cat Burns and LOWES. 

"I can't wait to see you, see you there!"

Here are Indifferent Monkey performing their new single 'Total Love'.


Trip-hop rock band Indifferent Monkey's new single 'Total Love' is played regularly on Beyond Radio.

The four-piece is made up of Joe Lowe, Brendan Syson, Graham Darbyshire and singer Ellie Knowles.

The band has played at Lancaster Music Festival and School Aid, and last year gained attention by filming music videos inside an old squash court in Morecambe and on the back of a flatbed truck on the Promenade.

They won Best Band of 2022 at the Radio Wig Wam awards in London and released their debut album 'Love and Peace' that same year.


At Highest Point, festival-goers can see more than 100 artists across six stages as well as enjoying top-quality street food, craft beer and cocktails. 

Tom Odell, Sam Ryder (pictured below) and Cat Burns are among the artists performing on the Friday, while Busted will headline on the Saturday.

Beyond Radio will be hosting the Big Family Day Out on Day 3 of the festival, Sunday May 12.

Read more: Beyond Radio to once again host Big Family Day Out at Highest Point festival - Beyond Radio

A 'Lancaster Rocks' night of tributes to the Foo Fighters, Oasis and Queen has also been announced for the Sunday night.

Tickets will go on sale later today here.

Highest Point is family-friendly and children under five go free. The festival is also fully accessible and carers tickets are free.

More information – including ticket details and the full line-up – is available here.

*Highest Point Festival tickets and goodies are up for grabs as part of a giant Easter egg hunt.

More than 20 eggs will be hidden across Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and the surrounding areas.

The hunt starts on Good Friday and clues will be posted on Highest Point’s social media pages throughout the day.

Highest Point organiser Jamie Scahill said: “Lancaster and Morecambe is such a beautiful area – what better way to explore it than by joining our Easter egg hunt?

“The Easter bunny will be getting up very early on Friday morning to hide the eggs and I know people right across the district will have fun finding them.”

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