5,000 flock to Penwortham music festival

By Tim Aldred

16 May 2024

Penwortham Live

Penwortham's night-time economy was given a healthy boost when 5,000 fun-seekers attended the town's music festival.

The two-day Penwortham Live was hosted by South Ribble Borough Council and organised in partnership with Creative Network. It was funded by the Governments UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)

More than 120 live music acts performed in 25 venues as the event expanded for into Middleforth and Kingsfold, which were served by free shuttle buses.

The Creative Network, who organised the schedule of acts, commented that: “It was absolutely fantastic to see the creative community come together as a huge team and put on such an amazing weekend. It takes an army of us to pull off these events and we did it again.

"We will never forget seeing hundreds of people sat on straw bales outside the SPAR, absolutely partying like it was 1999!  And we really appreciated the enthusiasm of the businesses that took part, it brought so much to the local economy."

Coun Paul Foster, leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: "We are overwhelmed by the support we received at this year’s first South Ribble Live event.

"I would like to thank all the attendees for joining us, the venues for taking part, all the performers and The Creative Network for working brilliantly with our council teams."

The borough's flagship event Music in the Park will take place on 26 May featuring headline acts including Jason Donovan and Billy Ocean. This will be followed by South Ribble Live in Longton on 12 and 13 July.

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