A feast of entertainment is promised as St Annes stages its first combined Music and Arts Festival over nine days from Saturday.
The town’s Music Festival, held successfully at this time of year for the last three years, is being combined with the Arts Festival previously held in September to include a cavalcade of culture at venues all over town.
Organisers hope to emulate the success of the arts festival recently held in neighbouring Lytham and are keen to recreate the atmosphere generated just last weekend at St Annes Carnival, when hundreds of people packed into Ashton Gardens to enjoy a packed programme of events which included live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Ashton Gardens will be the venue for an afternoon music festival on Saturday, July 26, while Ashton Pavilion will feature a wide variety of performers during the week, along with arts displays.
The bandstand at St Annes seafront will also be the location of live music over the second weekend of the Festival, when it coincides with the two-day Kite Festival, now in its third year and going from strength to strength.
Starting with a pre-festival performance by singer-songwriter Alex Hulme at St Annes Library tomorrow evening, the Festival will include everything from poetry readings and arts and photography exhibitions to a display of First World War memorabilia being staged at the Masonic Hall to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.
“We hope we have something for everyone,” said organisers’ spokesman Barbara Mackenzie.
“The vital thing is that people come out and support the events and we are grateful to everyone who helped us stage the Festival.”
Cottam and Glaister opticians, JR Taylor, Marks and Spencer and Glasdon have all contributed to the cost of staging the Festival after a bid for £14,000 cash help was turned down by the Arts Council while performers and artists are giving their services free of charge.
Pre-festival performance by singer-songwriter Alex Hulme at St Annes Library, 7pm.
Saturday, July 19
Young musicians, including vocalist James Butcher, performing at The Breverton Hotel, 64 Orchard Road, from 2 to 5pm, along with creative demonstration by artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz;
Open Mic Night for young musicians at The Breverton, 64 Orchard Road, 7-10pm
Katie Alexander as Adele at Toast, Wood Street, 8.30pm;
Fiddle Faddle at Silantro, Wood Street, 8pm
Tuesday, July 22
Poetry and music with Dean Fraser, Tom Robinson and Tom Metcalf at Ashton Pavilion, 8pm.
Thursday 24 July
Live Jazz with Tom Vernon and special guests at Ashton Pavilion, 8pm
Charlese and Matt sing at Tiggis, 7.30 pm till late
Open Mic from 9 pm at Silantro, Wood Street
Friday, July 25
The Roaring Boys – Irish, Indie from 8 pm at Ashton Pavilion, 8pm
Country Revival from 8 pm at Silantro, Wood Street
Toast – vocalist Nikki Fallows
Saturday, July 26
Live on the outdoor stage at The Pavilion – poetry, music and art from 12 noon Music on Ashton Gardens from 1 pm featuring Josh Murrison, The Reminders, Peter Este’s Jah Army, Tom Vernon and Friends, Boss Stewart, Robusta, Tony Benedict and specialist DJ Vince Ripper.
Original music showcase from 2 to 5 pm at the seafront bandstand featuring April Keen and Myles – acoustic guitar/vocals, 86’D – acoustic guitar/vocals, Eliza M and Doktor – piano/vocals, Glynn Bailey – acoustic instruments and vox;
Mark Russell at Silantro, Wood Street, 8pm
Wobbly Bob – Ska punk band from Yorkshire, Ashton Pavilion, 8 pm
Sunday, July 27
Dented Silver – brass, but not as you know it – outdoors at Ashton Pavilion from noon.
Original music showcase at the seafront bandstand featuring: Young People’s Service – acoustic guitar and acapella vocals, Stro Marley – bass guitar and vocals, Tin Bird – acoustic guitar duo/vocals; Hannah Mollie Robinson – acoustic guitar/vocals, Mike Taylor – piano instrumentals, Nick Evans – acoustic guitar/vocals, 1.30 to 5pm.
Saturday, July 19
Craft Fair at United Reformed Church Hall, St George’s Road, St Annes, 10am to 4pm.
Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20
Pop-up exhibition and live art in Ashton Gardens with local artists, 11am to 4pm
Saturday, July 19 to Sunday, July 27
Exhibitions daily at: JR Taylor’s store (with live art outside on Saturday, July 26); Unique Lancashire, Wood Street (photography by Chris Beard, 10 am to 4pm daily); Silantro, Wood Street (Soviet Realism art); Second Hand Rose, St Andrew’s Road South; Soper’s, Wood Street (first floor).
Chance to follow the Town Art Trail (maps available)
Thursday, July 24
Poetry at the Pavilion, Ashton Gardens, 1.30 to 4.15 pm, with musical interludes, presented by Wylde Fylde Poets; bring a poem to read if you wish; special guests Heyhouses Community Choir, free event with refreshments, including cream teas, available to buy.
Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27
First World War memorabilia exhibition in Masonic Hall, Garden Street, 11 am to 4 pm, including Pack Up Your Troubles – a tribute to the First World War with a selection of trench poetry and a singalong of songs of the era takes place on Sunday, July 27, from 2 to 4 pm.