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Lancaster Music Festival


Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1TH

Tel: 01524 582 394

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Lancaster Castle is one of the historic venues hosting Lancaster Music Festival again

Lancaster is tuning up for one of the country’s largest urban music festivals expected to attract more than 60,000 people this October.

The 12th Lancaster Music Festival, including more than 400 performances by more than 200 acts covering all musical tastes from classical to heavy rock and punk.  

New venues for 2022 include the Judges’ Lodgings Museum; Lancaster Folk Club at the Collegian Club; Tite and Locke, the new bar at Lancaster Railway Station; and a floating stage on Ram, a maintenance boat on Lancaster Canal.  Music will also be presented in city centre shops and banks, in more than 30 pubs, cafes and live music venues as well as on stages in the city’s squares, streets and historic buildings including Lancaster Castle and Lancaster Priory.

The Sugarhouse, Lancaster University’s city centre event venue, will host a main stage with ticketed events featuring top 10 album chart act, The Lottery Winners and other headliners to be announced soon.  Some 80% of the acts will be from Lancaster district in this city-wide celebration of the area’s musicians and venues.  Among the specially  themed events will be recreations of what Lancaster Music Festival might have looked and sounded like 200 years ago in 1822 and in 1942, during WWII, to tie in with Lancaster City Museum’s Hinge of Fate exhibition which opens in September.  

Everyone can join in with participation events including dancing, drumming and singing workshops and there’s even a Tuneless Choir for those who think they’re not musical.  

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The festival is more than 95% free to attend. Visit the website for details of ticketed events and to book.


Road Directions

Lancaster can be accessed using the M6 motorway to Junction 33 or Junction 34 then using A roads. The city centre and university are clearly signposted. For current local travel news click here.

Public Transport Directions

Lancaster City Centre is easily accessible using Public Transport. The train station and bus station are both located in the city centre, just a short walk from most participating festival venues. By Train Lancaster Station is on the (Virgin) West Coast Line and is easily accessible from stations along this line. Northern Rail and Trans Pennine express also operate trains on this line to stations between Manchester and Barrow-in-Furness, as well as to the lake District and Cumbria. Morecambe, Bare, Heysham and Carnforth are all accessible by train. For timetable enquiries ring 08457 484950 or go to www.nationalrail.co.uk or take a look at the Live Departure Board for Lancaster here. By Coach and Bus National Express nationwide coach services stop at Lancaster Bus Station in the city centre and Lancaster University. For coach timetable enquiries and bookings call 08705 808080 or visit www.nationalexpress.com. For public transport information call Traveline on 0870 6082608 or visit traveline.info. By Air Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon Airports are just over an hour's drive away from Lancaster. There is a frequent direct rail service between Lancaster and Manchester Airport. Manchester Airport - for flight enquiries call 0161 489 000 or go to www.manchesterairport.co.uk Liverpool John Lennon Airport - for flight enquiries call 0870 750 8484 or go to www.liverpoolairport.com Blackpool Airport - for flight enquiries call 01253 343434 or go to www.blackpoolinternational.com By Sea For details of sailings between the Isle of Man and the Port of Heysham - call the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company on 01624 661661.


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Lancaster Castle, LancasterSteeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West. Come and visit the old cells, Shire Hall and Crown Court.

Lancaster Priory & Parish ChurchLancaster Priory & Parish Church, LancasterThe 15th Century Priory and Parish Church of Lancaster standing by the Castle on the hill, is built on the site of a priory, which was founded in 1094. The FIG Tree @ The Priory cafe sells a range of snacks and use Fair Trade ingredients where possible.

Judges' Lodgings MuseumJudges' Lodgings Museum, LancasterThe Judges' Lodgings dates back nearly 400 years on a site that has been at the centre of Lancaster's history for nearly 2000 years

The Borough, Dalton SquareThe Borough, LancasterBustling pub, restaurant and hotel located in the centre of historic Lancaster, spread over three floors of a Georgian town house. Creating everything from pub classics to delicious desserts using locally sourced produce were possible.

The Storey GalleryThe Storey, LancasterThe Storey Institute has been remodelled as a newly designed centre for the creative industries, Central to Lancaster's artistic, technical and scientific innovation for 130 years, it features art gallery, auditorium and guest exhibitions.

The Royal Hotel and Bar, LancasterThe Royal Hotel and Bar is a Grade II listed building located in the heart of Lancaster city centre. With Lancaster University 10 minutes ride away, and all transport links, shopping, dining, socialising, and sightseeing only minutes away, it is the ideal choice for all visitors to Lancaster.

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