Music festival announced in Chorley

Musician Nigel Stewart is organising a new music festival called Chorley Live
Musician Nigel Stewart is organising a new music festival called Chorley Live

A two-day music festival is set to be staged in Chorley at more than 20 venues and with more than 100 acts.

The organisers behind Leyland Live and Penwortham Live have teamed up with Chorley Council to host the event in October.

Everywhere from the Town Hall to churches, pubs, restaurants and shops are set to get involved and there will be live folk, blues, country, rock, metal, jazz, pop, acoustic and percussion music.

There is also set to be performances by dancers, including Groupo SambAfriq from the Big Drum Day, and choirs from across Lancashire.

Nigel Stewart, from the Creative Network, said: “We have had tremendous success with live music events in Leyland and Penwortham.

“We recently held the second Leyland Live and we had 50 per cent more venues than the first time. It was really busy.

“When I first came up with the idea for the festivals, I thought they might grow over time, but it’s just exploded.”

Nigel is appealing for acts and performers to come forward to join the line-up.

He added: “The festival is about three things – giving people the experience of live music, encouraging venues to have live entertainment in its business model and creating a community of creative people.

“We’ve already have a fantastic response from people wanting to take part and we’ll have more than 100 live acts over two days. I’ve also managed to secure some really quality performers.

“It’s all about providing a platform for our local talent so I’d urge people to get in touch.”

The organisers are looking for artists covering all genres of music, but there will also be comedians, poets, magicians and a ventriloquist.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “We want to support the night-time economy in Chorley and one way of doing that would be to put on a fantastic line up of live entertainment.”

The event is scheduled for October 4 and 5. If you want to take part contact 01257 515151