North by North West Festival already planning return to Preston

Posted on - 25th September, 2018 - 9:55am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Music, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The Sherlocks played a packed out Preston Minster
The Sherlocks played a packed out Preston Minster

From The Sherlocks rocking the Minster to Karen Harding headlining Blitz it was a day of live music across the city.


North by North West Festival saw dozens of venues host acts on Saturday (22 September).

More than 40 bands, singer-songwriters and musicians performed in restaurants, cafes, record shops and more established live music venues too.

The one-day festival, with the vast majority of shows free to attend, attracted thousands of music fans to the city at the same time as the Lancashire Encounter Festival across the city.

Sonic Boom Six at Blitz
Sonic Boom Six at Blitz

Blitz nightclub’s Peter Alexander who helped co-ordinate the festival said: “To hear live music reverberating from so many venues in Preston on one day, and a genuine excitement from both bands and gig goers in Preston, made me feel very proud.

“I would like to thank all the venues, the bands and especially the people who turned out to make this a fantastic baseline from which to grow this event year on year.”

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Music fans inside the Minster
Music fans inside the Minster

Dan Morris, promoter from Live Venue Promotion at the Guildhall, who promoted, organised and staged The Sherlocks, Twisted Wheel, Jordan Allen, The Empire Police and Life at the Arcade at Preston’s St. John’s Minster said: “This was hands down my favourite gig I have ever promoted, we were completely sold out which just goes to show there is a market for this here in Preston. Especially when we have local bands high up the bill.

“The gig went that well that we have booked the second instalment at the minster with The Pigeon Detectives headlining in December.

“It’s always been high on my list to get an inner city music festival up and running in Preston, next year I’d like to go further, bigger and better and higher profile. Thanks to all who turned out. Keep supporting live music.”

Other acts performing included Jaguar Skills and also Preston-based acts Ivan Campo, The Effigy and Illerstate.

Preston’s Business Improvement District (BID) supported the festival.

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Operations officer Mike Pixton said: “We’d like to thank the venues that pulled out the stops to secure acts and promote a vibrant live music scene in Preston, and of course everyone that visited the city to take in some of the performances. North By North West will return in 2019 and feature an even bigger line-up of venues and artists.”

Did you go to the North by North West Festival? Who did you see and what did you think? Let us know in the comments below

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