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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Blues festival main stage moves back to the marina

Maryport's annual blues festival is to return to the town’s harbourside site after six years elsewhere.

This year’s event, from July 25 to 27, will see the main stage erected on Marina Road.

The popular three-day festival started over a decade ago with a main stage marquee beside the marina.

This had to move when the marina area was being upgraded.

The main stage has had various locations since but Kirsten Jeffries, a spokeswoman for the festival’s organising committee, said public pressure had grown for it to go back to the harbour area.

She said: “It is where the blues festival started and every year for the last six we have been asked to return there.

“We have been grateful to all those who have helped us out but now it is time to go home.”

The main stage marquee has been located at Netherhall Rugby Club, Maryport Rugby Club and the Wave Centre.

This summer’s event will feature international artists including Coco Montoya, Eric Sardinas, James Harmen with Dana Dixon and festival favourite Danny Bryant.

Luke Morley, formerly of Thunder, will bring his latest band The Union to headline the festival’s alternative stage behind the Captain Nelson on the Saturday.

Also on that stage will be Pat McManus and Billy Desmond and the Hoodoos, and Sunday’s headliners are Soul City Walkers.

There will also be a family stage outside the Lake District Coast Aquarium, on South Quay, headlined by the Ultimate Eagles.

Meanwhile, 26 acts have confirmed their place on the town’s blues trail.

Confirmed venues for the trail are the Captain Nelson, Navy Club, Sailor’s Return, Labour Club, Golden Lion, Netherhall Rugby Club and Her Citi.

Visit www.maryportblues.co.uk for tickets and more details.

Have your say

Quite simple All, if its working don't fix it !!!!, leave the Main Marquee
/ Stage on the Harbour, it's accessible to All, I can recollect in the late 90s whilst I was the Carnival Committee Chairman, things were working how ever due to Peer pressure from the People who know best ( Police - Local Councillors etc ) the route was changed and the rest is, as they say, now, History.

The Blues is one of the best things to happen to Maryport, when it first came on the scene the Cynics said this, and that, however the ( Original ) Committee Members deserve all of the accolades, leave it be all you Do - Gooders before it goes to Cockermouth or Keswick of wherever !!!

Posted by Kevin Winn on 23 May 2014 at 16:02

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