Tosside to stage music festival for cancer charity

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The little village of Tosside will play host to the Ribble Valley’s latest music festival next month.

But instead of the big array of marquees and stages of the Beat-Herder and Cloudspotting outdoor events, the pocket-sized TestiFest in aid of Cancer Research UK will be held inside the village’s community hall.

Fifteen acts have been lined up so far by organiser Neil Livesey (48), a digger driver from Oswaldtwistle, who has undergone treatment for testicular cancer, hence the festival’s zany title.

Apart from raising money, Neil aims to promote awareness of testicular cancer, which is a major killer of adult males but has a high treatment success rate if diagnosed early. Neil chose Tosside because he loves the Ribble Valley countryside and often camps in the area.

The festival opens at 4.30pm on Friday August 9th and noon on Saturday August 10th, and the music goes on until midnight.

Kasabian tribute band Kazabian top the bill on the Friday, and nine-piece soul band The Soul Train are bill-toppers on the Saturday.

Neil said: “My son William plays in a local band, Against The Order, and he put the idea in my head for a festival.

“It will be a family-friendly event, with camping available nearby for weekenders, and day tickets for people who aren’t camping.”

The line-up so far includes: New York Tourists, The Shade, Against The Order, Scott Whitley Quartet, Fear The Fallen, Maelor Hughes, The Blurts, Baxter Rhodes, Bear, The Paul Stuart Davies Band, Panjenix, and open-mic artists from noon on the Saturday.

Tickets are £40 for full weekend with camping, £25 weekend non-camping and £15 day ticket. See www.testifest.co.uk, book from www.eventbrite.co.uk or call 07890 700679. Neil is also inviting any potential sponsors to contact him on 07890 700679.