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Champions of music in Morecambe announce 30th birthday line-up including special kite festival

More Music will run a special kite festival to celebrate its 30th birthday

A group renowned for championing music and running festivals in Morecambe has announced a line-up of events to mark its 30th birthday.

More Music, based in the West End of Morecambe, has been creating opportunities and safe spaces for people of all ages and all backgrounds to make music since forming in 1993.

The community music organisation, which runs from its home on Devonshire Road, has championed local, national and international music projects, nurtured young talent, created music and established new traditions over three decades.

It is also known for its popular festivals including the 'Catch the Wind' kite festival and the Winter Lantern Festival.

And the group has announced there will be a very special kite festival later this year to celebrate its anniversary.

This year will celebrate More Music's journey with the people who have been part of it, while welcoming new artists, musicians, participants and audiences.

The monthly gig series All the Right Notes returns to the Devonshire Road venue for 2023, beginning with The Brass Monkeys on Saturday February 4, Xhosa Cole Quartet on Saturday March 4, Magic Islands of Music on Sat April 1 and Iona Lane on Saturday May 6. Tickets range from £5 - £10 and under 18s go free. 

As part of their mission to bring world-class musicians from around the world to Morecambe, More Music will welcome folk and Americana singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips (pictured) on Saturday January 22 and innovative folk trio Hack-Poets Guild on Saturday March 18.

On Saturday February 11, More Music’s Girls Can team will join forces with Manchester based punk four-piece Loose Articles for a day of inspirational workshops, Q&As and live music.

Throughout the season there will also be workshops including With One Voice Singing Workshop with vocal leader Faith Watson on Saturday February 18 and Rhyzim Drumming Workshop with Zimbabwean percussionist Bruce Ncube on Saturday February 25. These are open to everyone, no experience needed.

After a jam-packed spring season - and as exclusively revealed on Beyond Radio in December - More Music will stage a spectacular return to Morecambe promenade and the nearby beaches for an extra special Catch the Wind Kite festival.

You can bring your kite, your family and your friends on Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25 for wonderful music, professional kite flyers, street performers and creative workshops, all with a focus on the natural world, climate change, the landscape and the future of the planet. 

For more information, listings and to book tickets visit the website or call 01524 831997 (Monday – Friday between 10am and 2pm).

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