Not been invited to the wedding of the year? Didn’t get tickets to the FA Cup Final?  This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy celebrating in style and without breaking the bank. On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, everyone is invited to enjoy these extraordinary events free of charge at the second Live & Local Music Festival being held at Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich. Both days will start at midday, with musical acts catering for all tastes (full list of bands below). This neighbourhood festival will feature live music throughout the day and the dynamic atmosphere will be complemented by a range of stalls, children’s activities and coverage of both the royal wedding and the FA Cup Final. For more information contact organiser, Iain Stead on 07737185215 or the Lion Salt Works Museum on 01606 275066.

Back by popular demand, Live & Local Music Festival, will feature the very best of local talent. Starting at midday, this free musical festival will feature live music and activities outside until the early evening. On Saturday the free entertainment will move into the Thompson Suite located in the Museum, until 11pm.  A full programme of acts will be available shortly.

Everyone can relax and enjoy watching TV coverage of the royal wedding followed by the FA Cup Final on a big TV screen in the grounds. In addition to a licenced bar there will be local stalls, including festival clothing, gift stalls, sweets and cakes. Many of the weekend’s free craft events will be themed to reflect the royal wedding and one of the country’s biggest football match. For instance, there will be crown and tiara-making, and a football-themed ‘tug of war’. The Museum Café will also be joining in the celebrations serving Meghan Milkshakes and Ginger Lattes.

Live & Local is run by music and events promotor, Iain Stead. He said: “We love to promote live music whenever we can.  The Lion Salt Works is a great venue for a family festival, and coinciding with two large national occasions will make for a great atmosphere. Feedback has always been really positive and people now look forward to our community events.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “This is going to be a stylish and wonderful event that promises to be tremendous fun whether you are a child or an adult. I am delighted with the thought and creativity that has gone into creating this alternative music festival and applaud the Museum and local organisers who have made this possible.”

Parking will be clearly sign-posted and there will be free access to the industrially-themed play area, shop, café and butterfly garden.

Bands (all of whom are Northwich locals or from the North-West) comprise:

Codswallop – Playing from their latest album, the band will be kicking off the day in style.

Mal Dino  - a singer song-write of the highest quality whose lyrics and guitar work bring to life tales of the ordinary and extraordinary.

Almaz – a band that brings together the winning combination of Jo’s velvet vocals and Barny’s smooth and seemless guitar.

Paul Parish – Northwich-based singer songwriter whose accessible lyrics and uncanny talent for finding a hook create a ‘feel good’ vibe that is perfect to relax to.

Daniel Woods – Ever popular on the North-West music scene, with his soft guitar and angelic tones, Dan delivers some iconic tunes in the style of Neil Young.

Chris Tavener – a rising star, this witty, satirical songwriter’s music is infused with comedy, folk and satire.

George Borowski & Mora – Having played throughout the world, George is joined at his festival by Mora for music that will electrify.

The Dukes – local legend, Frank Quilty (Northwich’s very own ‘Cowboy’) will play his distinctive guitar and vocals to popular songs and tunes.

Phil Golub – A unique singer and songwriter, Phil’s original songs have edge and total commitment.

Bitter and Twisted – An eclectic and exciting mix of quality folk, jazz and blues

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