Wash­ing lines hail the ar­rival of Barn­aby

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

THE ar­rival of ‘Barn­aby Wash­ing lines’ strung up across the town cen­tre has hailed the start of the town’s big­gest festival.

The Barn­aby Festival, which cel­e­brates arts and cul­ture in the town, re­turns with a whole se­ries of events planned through­out the festival run­ning from Fri­day, June 17, un­til Sun­day, June 26.

This year’s theme is ‘Space’, and or­gan­is­ers have now an­nounced the mu­si­cal line up, with John Bramwell, front­man of Mer­cury Prize nom­i­nated I am Kloot, and Sam Duck­worth’s ‘Re­cre­ations’, for­merly known as Get Gape. Wear Cape. Fly, re­vealed as joint head­lin­ers.

The exclusive dou­ble bill will run back to back on Satur­day, June 18, in can­dlelit St Michael’s Church in the Mar­ket Place.

John Bramwell per­forms as a trio with pi­ano and cello in this col­lec­tion of great songs and sto­ries, and Re­cre­ations is the prod­uct of two years of in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Sam Duck­worth. Tick­ets cost £16.

Manch­ester born Gideon Conn will lead a line up of singer song­writ­ers at ‘Acous­tic Sanc­tu­ary’, an in­ti­mate evening of unplugged mu­sic at King Ed­ward Street Chapel on Fri­day June 24. Artists in­clude Kezia, Dave Hud­son, Tom Lin­ton and Tim Wood­house. Tick­ets £10.

A mar­quee on the lawns of St Michael’s Church­yard will be­come the ‘Gimp Twis­ter Lounge’ for the week­end with Mac­cles­field bands dom­i­nat­ing the line up, in­clud­ing trop­i­cal three-piece Cas­sia, Florin - re­cently re­turned from tour­ing Brazil, dream-pop from Glass An­kle and crit­i­cally ac­claimed genre-strad­dling Hot Vestry - who de­spite their young age have played ev­ery Barn­aby Festival.

There’s also a post car­ni­val pa­rade ‘Space’ themed samba jam, a DJ set from New Or­der’s Stephen Mor­ris and Gil­lian Gil­bert with fi­nal shindig from the in­fec­tiously ex­u­ber­ant Hope & So­cial.

Full details of all events and tick­ets avail­able at www. barn­abyfes­ti­val.org.uk.

●● Barn­aby wash­ing lines have been strung up around the town cen­tre, be­low, John Bramwell, from I am Kloot, is head­lin­ing the mu­sic event

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