Chorley Live weekend has finally arrived!

Chorley town centre is gearing up for a music and arts festival this weekend – and there’s still time to get your wristbands.

Local performers will be taking part in a new two-day live entertainment event that will bring the town to life.

Pub landlords, restaurant owners and other businesses promoting Chorley Live

Pub landlords, restaurant owners and other businesses promoting Chorley Live

Singing soldier JonJo Kerr, Africa dancers Grupo SambAfriq and sensational 10-year-old Millie-Mae Hill are just some of the contemporary headline performers taking part in Chorley Live, which will see a total of 160 live performances in 20 venues across the town this Friday and Saturday night.

Chorley Council has teamed up with the Creative Network to put on the entertainment extravaganza, that will have something for all the family and every taste of music.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “After many hours of listening to performers and putting the schedule together, it’s brilliant to see that such great acts and bands are wanting to support this new community event.

“Whether or not you’ve been to a music festival or live entertainment event before, you can guarantee that there will be a special atmosphere in the town centre, and we are hoping many people who haven’t been to Chorley for a night out for a while will choose to support the event.”

There will be a wide variety of performers including acoustic, rock, metal, soul, pop, country, jazz, blues, folk, Americana, hip hop, dance groups, choirs, classical music, magicians, storytellers and much more.

The event will see people able to gain entry into the venues using a wristband costing £5 (under 12s free).

The Chorley Live format uses be the same format as events run in both Leyland and Penwortham by the Creative Network, but on a slightly larger scale.

Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network, said: “It’s been a long process putting the schedules together, but I can only say I’ve been gobsmacked at the quality and quantity of performers who have all been wanting to get involved.

“It shows there’s a real thirst for this type of event in Chorley, and I hope people of all tastes and ages will come along and support it because it is a real community event.

“It’s a community arts festival that will bring local performers together and hopefully create something special that we can continue to build on in the future.”

The event is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, with live performances starting at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.

Wristbands are on sale at each venue, from the acts taking part, the Creative Network or the council’s offices on Union Street.

For the full schedule and more details, visit www.facebook.com/chorleylive.