‘Our Big Gig’ free festival coming to Chatburn

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Chatburn is playing host for the third time to a family-friendly music and fun festival on Sunday, July 13th.

It’s part of the national “Our Big Gig” weekend, a community music celebration across England and Scotland aiming to bring communities together in order to celebrate their local musical talents and help get more people involved in music making.

“It’s mainly a music event but there will be lots of other things going on, something for all the family,” said organiser Andy Oliver, a musician who lives in the village.

Former “Coronation Street” star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played tragic Hayley Cropper in the TV soap, is also coming to give her support.

Performers will include locals The Mark Duckworth Band, Level Two, Drive, DJ Dave Tupling, singer-songwriter Mike Kneafsey, and Andy’s own band Steetley.

Also appearing is dance DJ-keyboardist Davos Live, from Warrington, who was performing at Glastonbury festival last week.

Guitarist Scott Robertson will run a free workshop for anyone to bring their guitar and learn something new.

Other attractions include children’s inflatables, food, a licensed bar, and “Human Table Football” for the “Chatburn World Cup.”

Andy added: “Last year we had about 350-400 people on the field, and this time we’re hoping for more if the weather is good.”