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Last year I had the good fortune to attend the Dinkey Donkey Do at Fort San Antone in Warton. This was my introduction to a lot of local artists including the wonderful April Keen. This year Donkey Fest is back for a three day live music marathon!

From 9 to 11 May, the Shovels Pub, Common Edge Road, Blackpool, will host 25 acts live in one of the largest events of its type on the Fylde coast and best of all, it’s all free!

With the amount of local talent covering a vast array of music styles there is pretty much something for everyone. Full band listings can be found at DonkeyFestII.  If you don’t see anything you like, go anyway as I am positive you will leave liking something you’ve seen.

Established bands like Road Trip, The X Rays and Little Green Wheels plus up and coming acts like The Atmospherics, Jekyll and The People will be on hand to make sure the whole weekend is one long party. The first act starts on Friday at 7:30pm and the last act finishes on Sunday at midnight.

To make it a truly family affair there will be a fairground on site as well as limited spaces for campervans and caravans.

This year all proceeds are being divided between Tramshed Inclusive Theatre Group and Mulberry Community Project, a Blackpool drug and alcohol recovery programme. So get yourselves down to Donkey Fest II, enjoy the music, enjoy the atmosphere and enjoy helping others by having a great time!

Here’s a few images from last year’s event to whet your appetite.

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