Prestfest already down to return in 2018 – and it’ll be bigger

Posted on - 11th July, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Music, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The Prestfest stage on the Flag Market
The Prestfest stage on the Flag Market

Prestfest looks set to return in 2018 – and it’ll be bigger than this year’s Flag Market events.


With Fatman Scoop and Tom Zanetti headlining the outdoor show there’s now an appetite to expand to a whole weekend’s worth of events.

This year before the music there was an outdoor cooking demo on the Flag Market with celeb chefs.

Preston Business Improvement District, who organise Prestfest, say they want to expand the festival.

Mark Whittle from the group said: “Prestfest will return next year.

“We’re looking at work with both the leisure and retail sectors to stage a full weekend’s programme.

“It would be a full weekend of activity stretching across daytime and night time.”

Tom Zanetti and Fatman Scoop
Tom Zanetti and Fatman Scoop

Thousands of people enjoyed the low-price ticket concert on Saturday (8 July) – and Preston was blessed with warm weather.

Prestfest is a celebration of the city’s night-time economy, which it has a Purple Flag for being a good and safe night out.

Read more: Preston Tringe Festival is back after a rest year

Chair of the Preston at Night committee Leigh Sweetman said: “Saturday was simply fantastic, better than we could have wished for. Let’s Cook Live was a great way to start the day, seeing families and people of all ages participating and enjoying the strong line-up of personalities was brilliant.

Katy Ashworth from CBeebies entertained families during Let's Cook Live
Katy Ashworth from CBeebies entertained families during Let’s Cook Live

“Prestfest was outstanding; the weather was on our side which really helped to enhance the overall experience.

“So many people dedicated their time to this event – in order to showcase what Preston is capable of, it was a great feeling to see so many people engage in the events.

“Saturday proved why we are ‘Proud Preston’ – the business came together to do something great for Lancashire; in return, the people of Preston and beyond, supported them like only they could’

“I could not be more proud of those involved or the people that attended.”

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