Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Live and Unsigned winners CoCo and The Butterfields join Lancaster Music Festival line up

Performers gather for a 'Final Shout' for Lancaster Music Festival 2011
CoCo and The Butterfields, the overall winners of Live and Unsigned’s 2012 national battle of the bands contest earlier this month, are to be part of the Lancaster Music Festival in October.

The Festival has been chosen to host CoCo, plus the four North West regional finalists – Hannah-Nicole Gorge, Katie O'Malley, Freerunner and Kaitain – joining an already packed weekend of top notch local and global musical talent at Lancaster’s fourth, and biggest, music festival so far for a packed weekend of 12th October.

Coco and the Butterfields beat more than 10,000 other acts to eventually win Live and Unsigned, the biggest competition for original performers in the UK. As well as winning £10,000 to spend on development they will receive £10,000 worth of publicity investment, and an animated music video worth £10,000 courtesy of Gavdude.

From folk (Americana, Celtic, English, Neo), funk (jazz, Latin, blues), grunge, punk, pop (indie, alternative, mainstream), contemporary classical, choral, jazz (Latin, swing, piano, trad.), rock, avant garde, soul, blues and even peddle powered PAs and more the Festival's organisers expect everyone to find some outstanding music that they will enjoy in a bubbling and festive atmosphere.

Along with all the music, there will be street theatre, mini ale festivals, dance workshops and plenty of food both in the venues and in market stalls.

Most of the music will be provided by the outstanding talent and variety of acts that perform in Lancaster district (for example, Get Carter Experience with Madness ex-keyboardist James Mackie, singer songwriter loop sensation Alex Hulme, Celtic fiddle virtuosity from Hard Times, mod punk boogaloo mayhem from the Convulsions and award winning Latin guitarist Howard Haigh with his new project “Men of the Hour”).

There will also be acts from as far away as Australia, Austria, Italy, USA, all over the UK (even Yorkshire) as part of the Festival.

The Festival is sponsored by Mitchells of Lancaster, the Chamber of Commerce, Bay Tourism, Lancaster City Council,, CME Artist Services, St. Nicholas Arcade, Choctaw Media and Lancashire Treasure Trails. The festival is also made possible by contributions from all the participating venues.

• The full calendar of events will be available after 31st August on the official web site ( A few of the events are ticketed and tickets can be obtained after 31st August online from the festival website (, at Lancaster’s Visitor Information Centre and the venues themselves.

• Please note, the Festival is no longer taking band applications – those acts wanting to apply last minute for 2012 can email the organisers

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