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City gets ready for Lancaster Music Festival 2017!


Horse drawn & bicycle powered - the Horse Show Corner Stage at LMF 2016.
Horse drawn & bicycle powered - the Horse Show Corner Stage at LMF 2016
Chris Satori


Lancaster Music Festival 2017 is almost here!

It's back again! The ninth incarnation of the award-winning Lancaster Music Festival is set to run between Thursday 12 - Monday16 October (with a launch party on the night of Wednesday 11th), incorporating Lancaster's Unofficial Bank Holiday Monday (rest assured the banks will still be open) with the largest ever line-up of over 500 acts at more than forty venues. And there's even a free festival phone app to help you keep track. 

Festival Coordinator, Ben Ruth says: "We've pulled out all the stops to once again make the festival the biggest and best we've ever had. All the old favorite venues will be putting on their usual roster of outstanding local, national and international talent and in addition, we have introduced a number of new innovations to make the festival experience even better".

New Features for 2017

Some of the additional features for 2017 include:

Vintage Shuttle Busses. Whilst the festival remains Welcoming, Walkable and Wonderful (-see what we did there :) there will be shuttle busses running on Saturday and Sunday from the City Centre to some of the more outlying venues at a cost of £1 per trip or £5 for an unlimited pass.
Musical Barges. Featuring performers and buskers along the Lancaster Canal between the White Cross and Waterwitch pub venues
Party in the Park will be held in Williamson Park from Friday to Sunday during the festival weekend with a number of top-class acts, food stalls and busking performances.

Whilst the vast majority of performances will be free to enter there are also a number of ticketed events over the weekend. Ben Ruth says: "Having ticketed events allows us to bring performers to Lancaster who we wouldn't otherwise be able to afford"

Festival Highlights

Festival favorites Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co. and the Soap Girls will both be holding shows at The Yorkshire House and the Lumberjacks will also be playing the Gregson Centre. Advance tickets for these gigs and lots of others are available from the Festival website

As well as hosting the Festival Launch party on Wednesday 11 October, Lancaster Brewery will also be hosting acts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will also be producing the limited-edition Festival ale which will be on sale at many of the Festival venues.

World famous guitarist, Gordon Giltrap will be hosting this year's masterclass at The Storey on Saturday morning and will then be headlining in the auditorium on Sunday night with guest Carrie Martin. Tickets for both are limited and available from the Festival website.

LMF at the Castle

Lancaster Castle will once again be hosting the main stage with an entry during the day costing a mere £2 per visit or £6 (including booking fee) for a pass covering unlimited daytime entrance for Friday and Saturday. On Friday night Lowes with support from The Molly Warburton Band will headline the Castle Stage and on Saturday the headliners will be the fantastic Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra, a chance to see some of the stars of the future! Headline events are ticketed separately and are also available on the Festival website.

Sunday will see the Castle taken over by Fiesta Bombarda who will be providing a cracking line-up headlined by Hackney Colliery Band with their unique blend of contemporary rock, jazz and electronica. Again, advance tickets are available from the Festival website but you'll need to get in quickly as the limited Sunday Early Bird passes are sure to sell out fast. Wristbands are on sale which allow you to gain access to ALL events held at Lancaster Castle main stage during the festival weekend.

LMF in the Square Routes

It's not just the pubs, clubs and cafes that will be offering entertainment through the weekend, the Festival will once again be having family-friendly entertainment in Market Square, Sun Square and Dalton Square and also a special one-off performance in St Nicholas Arcade by The Haffner Orchestra.

Outdoor Events Coordinator, Lucy Reynolds says: "We know not everyone can go to events in licensed premises and so it makes sense to have some in the fantastic spaces that the city's squares offer. We've got the Melodrome stage in Sun Square on Saturday and Sunday, Performers in Dalton Square on Sunday and the usual eclectic mix in Market Square from Friday to Sunday. I'm particularly looking forward to Turnaround Dance Theatre's performances of The Thief the Fox and the Phoenix on Sunday afternoon"

Ben Ruth say: "We really have gone the extra mile to bring you your best ever Festival. It's been hard work but we're now looking forward to what is the biggest event in the City's calendar. Enjoy and if you have the chance, take Monday off, you'll need it!"

Get the Festival Guide and App

Full details of all the hundreds of acts, dozens of venues and schedule are contained in the Festival Guide which is now on sale at venues and the Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres priced at £1.

You can also download the free iLancaster city, coast and countryside app which gives you access to our Festival applet. There you can access all listing information, create your own schedule and fill in our feedback survey. Available on Android and IOS devices.

Fez Links

You can find all the information about the Festival and book tickets at: (festival home page)
Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, at the Storey Centre, Meeting House Ln, Lancaster LA1 1TH. Tel. 01524 582394

You can get speedy updates at: (Festival Facebook page) (Festival Twitter feed)


What people had to say about the 2016 Lancaster Music Festival

“I have loved LMF for the past 3 years, it gets better year on year”

“I love the fact that there are top bands in intimate venues”

“Great bands. It's just a shame I couldn't split myself up several times to see everything”

“Lancaster was buzzing. This was great for local trade”

“The atmosphere in town was totally good humoured camaraderie and happiness - amazing conversations with total strangers!”

“It was great that Lancaster was so busy with so much music going on”

Images by Nick Dagger Photography