Explore a world of music at Lytham Festival


Divert your attention to Lytham from 1 August until 7 August where an array of eclectic world music will satisfy your auditory taste buds. Whether your musical taste be jazz, reggae, Irish folk or dance, Lytham Festival has its ear to the ground and a finger on the pulse this year ready to set the tempo alight with an extravaganza to please all.

The event’s organisers Cuffe and Taylor cannot wait for the festival to get started and see some of the country’s leading musicians and bands who are booked to play the stages here in Lytham. For those with a discernible taste in World Music, the festival will hit all the right notes on the brand new World Jazz Stage. From big band to soul, or Bugalu to MC, there is something for everyone to enjoy on seven consecutive days as part of this new addition.

Monday, the first day of the festival brings a big band style performance from Off the Rails Big Band who collectively total seventeen members who will immerse you in toe tapping improvisation, Latin and funk. So get your groove on.

Jeremiah Ferrari
Jeremiah Ferrari

On Tuesday 2 August competition winners the Soul Convicts hit the World Jazz Stage to steal a few beats, while Jeremiah Ferrari race into action with a four man band by playing Ska, Funk, reggae, rock and punk on Wednesday 3 August. Their accolades include playing alongside the Wailers, and Stereo MC’s.

A nine piece formation, the Bugalu Foundation, will help you embrace your Latin roots on Thursday 4, with inspiration taken from Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri trombonist. Sure to set your dancing feet alight and take you to musical heaven.

By Friday 5 August the World Jazz Stage should really have spiced up the heat a little and Fire Beneath The Sea should set you up for a rousing weekend, with three MC’s, and a horn section. If this doesn’t whet your appetite for cool jazz, when they play an eclectic infusion of ska, jazz, drum n bass, then you must be at the wrong place. In their own words, they “may seriously improve your spiritual health”.

Into Saturday 6 August and Drop the Floor, a traditional Irish folk quartet, will enliven the stage with a blend of Irish and folk inspired jig. Lupa Tom appear on Sunday 7 August to close World Jazz Stage with vocalist Steve Canavan (formally of Blackpool Gazette fame), and bassist Gareth Jones tell light hearted storylines and pep up the spirits of the audience.

The entire week-long festival is preparing for much fun and excitement and has provided many musical acts to entertain you and your family in various venues across Lytham including Lowther Pavilion, Lytham Assembly Rooms, St Cuthbert’s Church, RLNI Lifeboat Museum.

Handily there are also many elegant bars and cafes are situated nearby to provide your pre-performance drinks and food. So, if you haven’t already booked to go and see, then try for remaining tickets at the Festival Box Office in Lytham Piazza, or visit www.lythamfestival.com

Need more convincing? Listen to some of the bands on offer in our handy YouTube playlist below.

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