Seventh heaven for farm fest

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Following the success of last year’s Manor Farm Music Festival, Suzanne Dickinson of Storm 5 Management is hosting the seventh festival – despite moving to Sheffield to do a gap year with musician Philippa Hanna.

The event aims to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Suzanne’s live music lover dad, who died of a brain tumour quite suddenly seven years ago.

They are hoping to raise around £1,500 for each charity this year.

The event starts on Saturday, July 12, from noon until midnight at the farm on Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, near Preston.

Manor Farm Music Festival is an family event which draws a crowd with people traveling from all over Lancashire with 12 hours of music, around 20 of bands and artists around including rock, indie, punk, pop,acoustic, folk, gospel and even a bit of reggae, performing on two stages on rustic farmland.

Philippa Hanna headlines, being is one of the biggest names on the UK gospel scene.

Songs like I Am Amazing and Raggedy Doll have seen Philippa campaign for self-esteem in young people and, fresh from touring with Rebecca Ferguson, she has also performed with Wet Wet Wet and Lionel Richie.

She recently performed at Isle Of White and Great Escape Festivals.

Philippa’s husband’s mum is a Marie Curie nurse and his band The Gentlemen will also be performing free of charge to help raise funds fresh from touring with The Feeling.

Local bands include Blackburn’s One Mark Off and Southport’s Cenacle, Brit School’s finest Meghann from Hesketh Bank, and Manchester punk rockers Malokai.

Camping is available for just £10 per pitch.

See www.manorfarmfest.org for £10 in advance.