DJs’ dance beats will rock Castle to fight cancer

Volunteers from Beats Cancer at Clitheroe Castle
Volunteers from Beats Cancer at Clitheroe Castle
Share this article

Music-mad volunteers are preparing for the second ‘Beats Cancer’ festival at Clitheroe Castle on Saturday (August 1st) to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

Duncan Dickins, Sara Rushton, Nick Kennerley and Robert Valinakis are all local DJs who have chosen the research charity, as they all have close family members who have been affected or sadly passed away of the deadly disease.

Duncan, from Chatburn, said: “We wanted to support Cancer Research UK simply because of their amazing research, which is helping so many people across the UK.

“Everybody knows someone who has been touched by this horrible disease and we want to help make a difference to thousands of lives.

“We organised the event last year and raised over £2,000 so we hope this year we can raise even more to support the work of Cancer Research UK.

“It’s a way to bring our community together while raising funds for a seriously worthwhile cause.”

The event runs at the Clitheroe Castle Bandstand between 1pm and 10pm, and the headline acts include Bontan, an exciting new talent on the UK house music scene, DJ Paul Taylor, founder of RETRO one of the longest standing brands in the dance music industry, and Mark Storie, Toolroom records DJ and producer.

There will also be a licensed bar provided by Dove Syke Cider, hot food available from Ribble Valley Hog Roast and plenty to keep the children entertained throughout the day from inflatables, face paints and appearances from characters thanks to 4Kids Clitheroe.

Local businesses have donated their products and services, including Johnson Matthey, Trutex, The Manor House Nursing and Residential Home, Walkers Private Hire, W M Designs and many more.

‘Beats Cancer’ is a free event, but there is a suggested donation of £5 on the day in Cancer Research UK collection buckets.

There will be an after-show party at Rendezvous Nightclub (Rios)​ in Whalley with live entertainment including The Squatters. Limited tickets are £10, and available from the organisers. Visit or on Facebookand Twitter.