Music and arts festival could move to different time of year

Music in the spotlight at the St Annes Festival.  Performer James Todd talks to organiser  Dean Fraser (left).
Music in the spotlight at the St Annes Festival. Performer James Todd talks to organiser Dean Fraser (left).

St Annes Music and Arts Festival will be back in 2014 – but possibly at a different time of year.

The extension of the Festival in its second year to a nine-day format proved a success, but poor weather which affected the attendances at some outdoor events has prompted the organisers at St Annes Town Council to consider bringing the event forward, probably to July.

Council representatives have already spoken to the people behind the St Annes Music Festival, held over a weekend in July for the last three years, about possibly combining the two events.

The combined Festival could then possibly coincide with the St Annes Kite Festival, which has been held successfully for the last two years.

“It is all about giving the Festival as wide an appeal as possible and building on its potential,” said Coun Barbara Mackenzie, one of the prime organisers of the event at the Town Council.

“It has grown from three days to nine days over the past 12 months and we were pleased enough with the success of many of the events this year. The Jubilee concert at the White Church, the Lytham Proms Orchestra concert in the RNLI boathouse, the Big Sing hymns celebration at St Thomas Church and the Guardian Band concert at the United Reformed Church on Saturday were especially popular.

“The return of the Caravan Gallery for the duration of the Festival also went down very well. But although we had ideal conditions last Saturday for music recitals around town, the events planned for Ashton Gardens on the first weekend of the Festival were affected by bad weather.

“If we bring it forward to July, hopefully the weather will be better and we will be able to attract more visitors as well as residents.

“We have been really pleased with how much support there has been for the events within the Festival from participants as well as those who came along and we really want to build on that to the best effect.”

More details and pictures in this week’s Express.