Beats Cancer festival set to rock Clitheroe

DJ Eddie Halliwell who is set to headline the Beats Cancer music festival

DJ Eddie Halliwell who is set to headline the Beats Cancer music festival

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A music festival ,which brings people of all ages together and also raises money to fund research into a deadly disease, is set to bring Clitheroe to life next weekend.

And poignantly the third Beats Cancer Music Festival will be held in memory of Mick Creighton, one of the local business owners who had supported the event for the past two years. Mr Creighton who owned Dove Syke Cider, died recently.


The festival headliner this year is Eddie Halliwell. Eddie has been electrifying dance floors all over the world for the last decade and he continues to headline events in almost every corner of the planet, most recently opening this years Cream at Amnesia, Ibiza.


He is one of the most loved and respected headline DJs on the scene and on the 20th August he’s coming to Clitheroe Castle! Along with Bontan, Paul Taylor Retro, Davos, Endor, Rock Fms Mark Freejack and more.


Clitheroe Castle is the setting for the event which will be held on Saturday, August 20th.


Organisers Duncan Dickins, Sara Rushton, Nick Kennerley and Robert Valinakis are all local DJs who have been committed to raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK, the charity that researches into all 200 types of cancers. It is close to the volunteers’ hearts as they all have close family members who have been affected or have died because of the disease. Duncan said: “We support Cancer Research UK simply because everybody knows someone who has been touched by this horrible disease and we want to help make a difference to thousands of lives.


“Our evolving event is growing each year thanks to loyal supporters and so far we have raised over £10,000 and plan to match this again this year to support the work of Cancer Research UK. “Its a family friendly event and is all about bringing our community together to enjoy live music in our landmark Clitheroe Castle grounds while raising funds for a seriously worth-while cause.”


The event is funded entirely through sponsorship from local businesses and to help make the festival another huge success, Beats Cancer has now teamed up with Clitheroe Food Festival which is now in it’s sixth year.


Both non profit events are working together to offer opportunities for promotion of local businesses and are aiming to paint the town purple again with large vibrant flags which will be proudly displayed through Clitheroe town centre for the few months leading up to the events.


The event takes place at the Castle Bandstand and grounds between noon and 10pm and will be welcoming acts including Bontan, Endor, OC & Verde, Davos, Paul Taylor, Mark Storie, The Squatters, TWOGOOD and Rock FM’s Mark Freejack. A surprise guest is also due to headline at the festival but their identity is beig ket under wraps at the moment.


There will be licensed bars, hot and cold food stalls, children’s entertainment and more. Danceworks of Clitheroe will open the festival and Guy Richardson Magician will be entertaining guests throughout the day.


This year Beats Cancer is a limited ticket event for all ages at £12.50 each. Children are free but will require a ticket and to be accompanied by an over 18 ticket holder. For more information visit www.beatscancer.co.uk or find them on social media sites.