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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Objectors fail in bid to halt new Cumbrian music festival

A music festival to be held in Workington in May has been given the go-ahead by Allerdale council.

Nik Kershaw photo
Nik Kershaw

Joanne and Alwyn Braniff want to run the Nuts in May event in woodland at Middlemoor, Stainburn, from May 4 to May 6.

Artists including folk stars Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, and Eighties pop stars Nik Kershaw and singer Hazel O’Connor are set to play.

The council’s licensing panel yesterday considered an application for the festival, which will feature two outdoor stages, four indoor stages, an open mic stage, a campsite, and performers including morris dancers, a Maypole and refreshments provided by Weirdigans Organic Cafe.

Simon Kay spoke to the meeting on behalf of Nuts in May Ltd but councillors also heard from Stainburn couple Mr and Mrs Gillespie and their representative Bob Taylor, who objected on grounds of noise nuisance and public safety.

Councillors granted a licence for the event.

Other acts confirmed include Emma’s Imagination and The Magic Tombolinos.

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