Music festival launched in style!


The Morecambe Music Festival Launch Night has been hailed as a huge success after giving a taste of what to expect at the festival itself.

Guests including Councillor David Whitaker – mayor of Lancaster - festival sponsors, organisers, performers, venue managers and festival supporters packed into the Palatine in Morecambe on Wednesday night to mark one month before the event itself gets under way.

They enjoyed live music from The Voice UK’s Lareena Mitchell, a drinks reception, and canapes by the Palatine’s 18 North Restaurant run by Masterchef TV contestant Ben Vandenbrink.

The new 2019 Morecambe Music Festival brochure was also available for the first time providing full details of all acts and venues at the event.

This year the festival will run over three days for the first time – from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14.

Live music will come from more than 50 acts in more than 20 venues across Morecambe town centre, the West End and Westgate, including pubs, cafes, the Midland Hotel, the Festival Market, the Platform and for the first time this year, the Soul Bowl diner and 10-pin bowling centre.

Stuart Michaels, festival founder, said: “The Launch Night couldn’t have gone any better and thank you so much to everybody who came out to support us.

“We decided to run a Launch Night as a way of giving back to everybody who has helped make the festival such a success since we started in 2017 and as an extra event to celebrate the festival and help it continue to get bigger and better each and every year.

“Now we’re all systems go for the festival itself and once again we hope as many people as possible come out on the weekend of July 12-14 to enjoy the fantastic live music Morecambe has to offer.”

The festival kicks off on Friday night, July 12.

Look out for DJ Summer J from the acclaimed Escape team spinning the tunes at Harry’s Bar (7pm), top rock band Building Giants kicking things off at the Royal at 7pm and exciting Jam tribute band Acoustic Malice at the Palatine from 9pm.

Saturday July 13 is the first of two full days of live music at all the festival venues, starting at the Festival Market with Rock It Man from 10.45am.

Highlights will include a varied Saturday line-up in the idyllic Morecambe Hotel beer garden of the amazing Gathered Voices Choir, and fantastic rock bands The Rest and Sold to the Sky; The Exchange also has a packed bill throughout the day including the always-popular Reggie Mental Band (4.30pm), newly-reopened pubs the Park Hotel (Corvidae, 5pm) and the Bath Hotel (The Dead Puppeteers, 9pm) will host some great acts, the Wellington will welcome singers Jennie White (5pm) and Chloe Pitchford (7pm) while the Masons has live music from Melanie Horabin (7pm), DJ Steve Middlesbrough will play Iconic pop music hits at the Midland Hotel (7pm), the Howling Clowns will round off a full day of music at the Palatine (9pm) and Morecambe’s Ibiza DJ Matt Thiss and Friends will be in residence at Harry’s Bar from 2pm until 10pm.

Highlights on Sunday July 14 include a full day’s Freestage event at The Platform with nine acts, the Lancaster Bombers next door at the Station (2pm), ‘Soul Man’ Mark Yates will sing at the perfect venue of the Soul Bowl from 2pm, TwentyFourSeven will have everyone in the party mood at The Exchange (4.30pm), two more of our area’s top singers Jason Stardust (Davy Jones’ Locker, 5pm) and Mark McKenna (Crown Hotel, 6pm) will perform, and the festival will continue into the night rounding off with Sold to the Sky at the Palatine and Corvidae at the Chieftain from 9pm.

Lewis’s Coffee Shop, Rita’s Café and the Clock Tower Café are among the new festival venues for 2019, joining Jo ‘n’ Lees Café on the Westgate Precinct as the café locations. Throughout the weekend live music will include Jay Blackburn (Jo ‘n’ Lees, Saturday 2pm), Leah Silver (Clock Tower Café, Sunday 3pm), Daniel Liptrott (Lewis’s, Saturday 2pm) and Dave Metcalf and Dave Kellett (Rita’s Café, Saturday and Sunday, 2pm).

A special festival ale, called Festivale, will be on sale in many of the venues.

Greg Lambert welcomes guests and launches the night: