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Lancaster Music Festival aims to draw 60,000 people to city

The Lottery Winners will perform at Lancaster Music Festival

Lancaster Music Festival is expected to pull in more than 60,000 people to the city when it returns in October.

The 12th festival will run from October 13-16 and will include more than 400 performances by more than 200 acts covering all musical tastes from classical to heavy rock and punk.

New venues for 2022 include the Judges’ Lodgings museum; Lancaster Folk Club at the Collegian Club; Tite and Locke, the new bar at Lancaster Railway Station; and a floating stage on Ram, a maintenance boat on Lancaster Canal!

Music will also be presented in city centre shops and banks, in more than 30 pubs, cafes and live music venues as well as on stages in the city’s squares, streets and historic buildings including Lancaster Castle and Lancaster Priory.

The Sugarhouse, Lancaster University’s city centre event venue, will host a main stage with ticketed events featuring top 10 album chart act, The Lottery Winners, and other headliners to be announced soon.

Some 80 per cent of the acts will be from Lancaster district in this city-wide celebration of the area’s musicians and venues.

Among the specially  themed events will be recreations of what Lancaster Music Festival might have looked and sounded like 200 years ago in 1822 and in 1942, during World War Two, to tie in with Lancaster City Museum’s Hinge of Fate exhibition which opens in September.

Inclusivity is key to Lancaster Music Festival and this year, with the aim of increasing female representation at the event and in the music industry generally, More Music will run a Girls Can workshop, question & answer panel and performances.  

One woman central to several festival events is BBC Folk Singer of the Year, Ríoghnach Connolly (pictured below) who will perform in a city centre shop and create a Sanctuary Singers group from refugees and asylum seekers, some of who will visit Dallas Road Primary School which is hosting its own mini-festival. 

Continuing the festival’s international flavour will be the Songs From Home programme – sounds from across the world - piano concerts performed at Lancaster Priory; Brazilian carnival sounds in Dalton Square; East Meets West performances at The Storey and the Craic Inn mobile stage will fill Sun Square with Celtic sounds. 

Everyone can join in with participation events including dancing, drumming and singing workshops and there’s even a Tuneless Choir for those who think they’re not musical.  

“Lancaster Music Festival is all about showcasing what goes on in Lancaster all year round whilst also bringing a diverse mix of regional, national and international acts to play in the city’s venues," said Stuart Marshall, festival director.

"It’s very different from other music festivals as it’s all about the place and bringing together a diverse cross-section of the community.”

Lancaster Music Festival is partly funded by the Arts Council and Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID).

The full festival line-up will be announced in the official Festival Guide, which will be available from venues and other outlets in mid-September, and on the festival website from mid-August.

The festival, run by a not-for-profit community organisation, is more than 95% free to attend with only the headline stage and some other events being ticketed or pay as you feel.

Tickets and passes for all other festival events are available via the festival website.

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