Evanfest returns to Preston for a fifth year

Posted on - 23rd April, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, City Centre, Music, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston

Evanfest 2014

Evanfest #5 is the all-day-charity festival that is returning to Preston’s Ships and Giggles pub on Saturday (29 April).


The music event is being organised by Kate Jones to raise money for the Bipolar disorder as all proceeds will be donated to the BipolarUK charity.

Kate originally created Evanfest to raise money for BiPolarUK after her friend of 25 years who died, Evan.

There will be two stages at the festival in which musicians will perform.

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There will be one acoustic stage outside the pub and one stage inside the pub for bands to perform on.

Evanfest #5 is free entry and will feature 40 of the best local music talent around.

Evanfest 2014

Music acts including Sam Weaver, Jonathon Pennington, Twisted Obsession and Honour Roots will be performing at the festival.

Special guest, Wagner who was a previous contenstant on the X Factor, will be appearing on the day too.

The all day charity event will be starting at 1pm on 29 April  and finishing at 2pm the next day on 30 April.

Children are welcome to come along up until 8pm.

The festival will also hold a huge raffle, in which all donations are welcomed.

There will be various other entertainment provided throughout the day and night along with food and drink.

Kate Jones, organiser, said: “I organise Evanfest along with Lynda Lamb and Pete Knight, and Andy Mac always gives us a generous donation, along with the use of his pub and team for the event.

“Evan would have been immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over the years we’ve been holding this event.

“He was a man who knew and mixed with people from very varied groups, including bikers, artists, pagans – He had a vast knowledge of local history too!

“Being bipolar himself, Evan was always very keen to be involved in charities, especially mental health organisations, and at the time of his death he was part of a study by Lancaster University studying the effects of bipolar on family members.

“He was a kind and generous man who would always help people when he could.

“We all still miss him a lot and feel very lucky that we had him in our lives.

“Evanfest came about because shortly before he died, he asked me to put on a gig to raise awareness of bipolar disorder and we wanted to honour this wish after we learned of his death.

“The event has grown each year and we get an incredible amount of support from everyone involved, who give their time for free, and also from everyone who attends.”

You can follow the event on the Facebook Page.

Will you be attending Evanfest #5? Have you been to the festival before? Let us know in the comments below

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