Organisers of the highly popular two-day live music and entertainment event in Chorley are encouraging local performers and talented individuals who would like to take part to come forward.
Chorley Council is once again teaming up with the Creative Network to stage Chorley Live, the hit festival that attracted over 10,000 people to the town over two days last year. Now in its sixth year, 2018’s event will see over 30 venues around the town centre signed up to host the festival.
The organisers are looking for a wide variety of musical acts including bands and solo artists covering all genres of music, but they also want other types of performers including comedians, dancers, magicians and ventriloquists.
Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Chorley Live has been a huge success over the last five years and is now an established major event that attracts thousands of people into the town centre.
“This event has boosted trade among pubs, clubs and restaurants and we hope that once again it will bring more people into the town centre and show that people can have a great night out in Chorley without having to spend a lot of money or travel to other towns and cities.
“We want to include a wide variety of performers and it will be important that we have a lot of local acts taking part so they can showcase their talent, so I’d urge anyone interested in finding out more to get in touch with us.
“Along with performers for the main Chorley Live event we are looking for people who would like perform during the day time within the town centre”.
The event will see people able to gain entry into the venues using a wristband that costs £5 and can be purchased prior to or at the event, with children under 12 having free access when accompanied by an adult. There will be over 280 live performances over the Friday and Saturday evenings.
The wide variety of venues including pubs, libraries, churches and restaurants means there will be something for everyone including families and young children.
Nigel Stewart, of the Creative Network and who will be organising the acts, said the event brings the town centre alive at night.
“I have been amazed by the success of Chorley Live over the last five years: we have had so many positive comments about how great it is and how brilliant the atmosphere is in town.” said Nigel.
“It is a great opportunity for acts to perform on a live stage in a variety of venues as part of a bigger event that will attract thousands of people over the weekend, 10,000 people attended last year which is just staggering. We are aiming to create a regional scene that benefits local, creative people and, every year, we see more people aiming to get up there and get involved in something that brings all kinds of benefits to the community.
“The event has given acts the opportunity to play in front of large crowds and given them a platform to showcase their talent. We would love to hear from acts from previous years as well as new acts.
“The venues love it, the performers love it and the punters love it so it promises to be another great weekend where we give people fantastic memories of live entertainment.
“If you want to be involved let us know as soon as you can as we will be starting to organise the line-ups – we can’t promise everyone will be chosen, but we’d love to hear from everyone that is interested.
“If you’ve already registered an interest you don’t need to get in touch again.”
The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday October 5 and 6, with live performances at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm at each venue.