WELCOME TO THE 2017 FESTIVAL
The festival is now in its 21st year and the 2017 line-up is stronger than ever, says Phillip Martin Festival Organiser.
“Planning the Festival is now a year-round task and we are constantly on the lookout for acts to appear at The Civic and the other Festival venues”.
2017 sees the return of some old favourites we haven’t seen for a while. Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band open the Festival on the Thursday at Nantwich Civic complemented by Sean Chapman the Northern Soul, Ska and Mod DJ. An excellent show for those who love to dance. We’re also very pleased to welcome Ruby Turner back to The Festival on Saturday at The Civic. We’re really excited to see her as in the past her touring schedule with Jools Holland has kept her busy .
Following the success of our Blues Triple Bill last year we’re doing it again on Friday 14th April. Glasgow based King King, Blues Award winning Rebecca Downes and Emma & The Wolf take to Nantwich Civic stage for a packed show. The Crown Hotel hosts Connie Lush on Friday 14th, a Festival regular with an amazingly powerful voice who always fills The Crown Ballroom. The fabulous Mike Sanchez and his band are with us on Easter Sunday 16th April. Bringing his fantastic Rock & Roll Boogie Woogie piano style to The Civic this one is another night for the dancers ! New to The festival we’re looking forward to welcoming him.
On Easter Monday there are 3 ticketed events. In the afternoon St Mary’s Church will see the fabulous Elaine Delmar singing some smooth Jazz and Nearly Dan perform at The Studio at 5pm, this one is becoming an annual event. Their fantastic and they’re frantic. Eighties hitmakers The Beat bring things to a close on Monday night at Nantwich Civic. Around the town proceedings will get under way on Thursday evening with well over 100 wristband admission gigs anticipated over the Easter Weekend. At the time of writing we’re putting the programme together but can announce that “pop-up” The Bank Stage next to The Studio venue will be in action again in 2017. Admission by wristband it will feature a continuous gig programme throughout both days.
The stage on Nantwich Square will be in action throughout the weekend kindly sponsored by Nantwich Town Council. On Saturday Zoot Serious & The Bellyful of Bop will be performing, with live music programmes for Sunday & Monday being planned.
“We are always overwhelmed by the amount of effort and support that the venues put into The Festival”. Said Phillip Martin. “It goes to show what can be achieved when individuals and organisations work together”.
Not quite at The Festival, for the third year on the run we bring 80’s AOR band FM to Nantwich Civic Hall on Saturday May 6th. Featuring local guitar hero Jim Kirkpatrick, they have given two fabulous sell-out performances in 2014 and 2015. Tickets are already selling well and we look forward to seeing them once again.
The Festival looks forward to seeing everyone in 2017.
Phillip Martin & Steve Barnes