Ex­cite­ment hot­ting up for mu­si­cal mecca

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE rugby club will be trans­formed into a mu­si­cal mecca this week­end for the in­au­gu­ral Mac­cles­field Fes­ti­val.

The huge mu­sic event – which has so far sold 5,000 tick­ets – will in­clude a range of stages and tents fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal styles, with the Brand New Heav­ies, Dodgy and The Farm head­lin­ing the main stage.

It will also fea­ture food and drink tents, a huge fun­fair, a nerf shoot­ing range, pony trekking and an arts and crafts tent.

An­drew Kleek, 36, from Tyther­ing­ton, came up with the idea of host­ing the town’s very own mu­sic fes­ti­val and set about book­ing a whole host of fan­tas­tic acts for the event.

He said: “We have now sold al­most 5,000 tick­ets and ex­pect that fig­ure to in­crease dra­mat­i­cally, the venue is 20,000 ca­pac­ity so it is large enough to han­dle what­ever we get.

“The whole town is buzzing with ex­cite­ment and I would like to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity for the mas­sive sup­port and pos­i­tive way they have em­braced the event.

“You can still buy tick­ets up un­til the day on our web­site www. mac­cles­field­fes­ti­val. co.uk.”

The fam­ily friendly fes­ti­val will also fea­ture per­for­mances from Mac­cles­field’s own dance schools the Sylk Dance Academy and En­er­gize Cheshire, plus a per­for­mance from the Cheshire Fire Choir, which was formed as a re­sult of the BBC tele­vi­sion show The Choir.

Four dance tents will fea­ture mo­town and north­ern soul, house an­thems and retro mixes, with Dave Haslam tak­ing to the stage in the VIP Club House.

And a chil­drens stage will fea­ture per­for­mances by Ras­ta­mouse and Da Easy Crew, a princess show and a magic show.

And Star Wars fans will be able to meet char­ac­ters from the film thanks to the 99th Gar­ri­son, a ‘cos­tume group’ which meets and poses with fans in re­turn for a do­na­tion for char­ity.

There will also be an owl dis­play held through­out the day and Mac­cles­field’s Strong­est Man com­pe­ti­tion.

The novice event takes place at 11am, with the team events at 3pm and the fi­nale at 6.30pm.

The event takes place on Satur­day, July 22, from 10am un­til 8pm, with an af­ter party from 8pm un­til late.

Tick­ets cost be­tween £8 £15, with VIP tick­ets at £25. Fam­ily tick­ets are also avail­able.

For tick­ets go to mac­cles­field­fes­ti­val.co.uk.

Or­gan­iser An­drew Kleek

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