Fresh twists as fes­ti­val keeps on an­nounc­ing ex­cit­ing acts

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - MU­SIC EVENT STEW­ARDS


THE line up at the Gimp Twister Mu­sic Lounge (named af­ter Macc’s silk rib­bon mak­ers), in St Michael’s church­yard from Fri­day, June 17 to Sun­day 19, is get­ting more im­pres­sive by the day. We can now con­firm that as well as Macc’s Hot Vestry, Cas­sia and Florin will be play­ing live.

That’s as well as mu­si­cian and ac­tivist Louis Barab­bas, song­writer Jo Rose, The Song­writ­ers Cir­cle in­clud­ing He­len Wal­ford and Ge­orge Borowski, and the in­fec­tiously ex­u­ber­ant Hope & So­cial, with more still to come.

We’re de­lighted to also wel­come back New Order’s Stephen Mor­ris and Gil­lian Gilbert – both big sup­port­ers of Barn­aby – on the decks for a spe­cial Max­o­nian ses­sion.

Hear the best emerg­ing tal­ent, es­tab­lished Manch­ester names, crit­i­cally ac­claimed mu­si­cians – and the odd megas­tar – at the Mu­sic Lounge. And it’s all ‘pay what you can’! GET up close and be part of the team by be­com­ing a Gimp Twister Mu­sic Lounge stew­ard over the week­end: con­tact mail@ barn­abyfes­ti­ DO you have some­thing to say about cul­ture in Macc? Does it flow bet­ter over a pint of lo­cally brewed ale?

A unique event will take place on Sun­day, June 19, de­vised by the Her­itage and Cul­ture Part­ner­ship. It is part pub crawl, part day­dream­ing about what makes a good town.

King Ed­ward Street Chapel is the start­ing point where speak­ers break the ice and get par­tic­i­pants think­ing. They then break bread to­gether – in this case made with ‘barm’, a waste prod­uct of brew­ing – be­fore mov­ing on to var­i­ous pubs for dis­cus­sions (and per­haps a pint of ‘Starry Mes­sen­ger’ brewed spe­cially to sup­port the fes­ti­val by Red Wil­low).

The ideas are brought to­gether and The Print Mill, based in the dis­used jew­ellers on Mill Street, will col­late them into ‘A Man­i­festo for Macc’ with a copy for every­one to take home.

The project is al­ready bring­ing peo­ple to­gether. Jac­qui Wood from arts project ARC, who will be run­ning ‘A Love Let­ter to Macc’ in newly ren­o­vated Spar­row Park on June 18 and 19 will work with one group to write their col­lec­tive ‘love let­ter’.

“It will be great to have cross over be­tween Love Let­ter and Brew­ing Cul­ture,” said Jaqui, “and ARC also now has links to the Print Mill, so Barn­aby is hav­ing that ef­fect of join­ing things up.”

Brew­ing Cul­ture tick­ets are £7 (in­clud­ing a drink). The first love let­ter is on ARC’s blog www. lovelet­ter­tomacc. word­ which salutes Brass­ing­ton’s fa­mous lemon buns!

Pick up a brochure from the Mac­cles­field Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre or visit www.barn­abyfes­ti­val. for more de­tails of all events.

●● Ge­orge Borowski is among the artists per­form­ing at the Gimp Twister

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