Visitors to this year’s Chorley Live can be guaranteed a good night out after the event was shortlisted as a finalist at the Lancashire Tourism Awards.
The festival, now in its sixth year, takes over dozens of venues from cafes to churches and everything in between sprinkling a bit of magic over Chorley town centre on a Friday and Saturday night.
It transforms the atmosphere in the town with people of all ages from 8 to 80 enjoying live entertainment into the night.
Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s been brilliant to see Chorley Live grow year on year. At a time when town centres are struggling this really is an event that turns back the clock to when the place would be really busy over the weekend giving a big boost to the local economy.
“It’s just one of many events we are running that are helping to put Chorley on the map and bring people into the town. We have people from all over the North West coming to Chorley for a night out because it is something a bit different with almost 300 live performances to choose from over two nights.
“Being shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious awards gives the event an even higher profile and is a good way of demonstrating to people who’ve not been before that it is well worth a visit.”
The event, which is run jointly by The Creative Network and Chorley Council, will see up to 280 performances at 35 venues over two nights – this year the event is on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 of October.
The entertainment ranges from choirs to heavy metal and everything in between, with a mix of pubs and family venues so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.
Nigel Stewart, founder of the Creative Network and who came up with the ‘Live’ concept, said it was amazing to be shortlisted.
“When I first came up with the concept of this event the thought that it could be recognised like this was just a dream,” said Nigel.
“I always had the vision that this event would really capture the imagination and thanks to the hard work of the many volunteers who put so much time into this and the amazing acts who come year after year it really is becoming one of the top events in Lancashire.
“People love live entertainment and with almost 300 appearances to choose from over the two nights whatever music you’re into I can guarantee there will be something for you.”
The schedule for this year’s event will be announced in the next week and full details are available at chorleylive.com – wristbands are on sale at all the venues and the council’s offices, on Union Street.
The event has been shortlisted in the ‘small event of the year’ category at the Lancashire Tourism Awards and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 7 November.