Countdown to Leyland Live music festival

Catherine Sullivan performs at Antonellos during last year's Leyland Live music festival
Catherine Sullivan performs at Antonellos during last year's Leyland Live music festival

With the return of the Leyland Live music festival just one month away, businesses are starting to sign up and support the popular event.

Two nights of performances from local bands and musicians are planned for the weekend of July 5 and 6, and organiser Nigel Stewart says this time, more than 20 venues have come forward for the occasion.

He said: “I’m also still signing acts up but they’re coming in regularly now, and some of the favourites from last year are on board, as well as loads of new ones.

“There will a wide variety of music like last time, such as rock, country, folk, pop, acoustic and jazz, and this year we’re also introducing poetry, drama and dance.”

Nigel staged two Leyland Live events in the town last year; one to coincide with the initial Leyland Festival date in the summer, and a Christmas one in the winter.

He also arranged a Penwortham Live event earlier this year, where he said the drama and recital element of the festival was welcomed.

He also used shops as well as restaurants, cafes and pubs. Wristbands costing £5 for both nights are now on sale in the venues which are confirmed, including the Rose and Crown, The Railway, the RAF Club, Coppers Tea Rooms, the Beijing, the Original French Bistro, the Knights Of St Columba club, Isolabella, Antonello’s, the United Reformed Church, Peek-A-Brew, the Original Ship Inn, Ice Dreams and Coffee Beans, Paces and Laces, the Roebuck, the Fox and Lion, the Eagle and Child, and Wellington Park.