There was a time when Lytham was thought of as a sleepy seaside town – but that reputation has been well and truly blown out of the water.

In just a few years, an event that started as a one-night Proms performance with an audience measured in the hundreds has grown into one of the biggest music festivals in the country.

The Lytham Festival attracts more than 100,000 people from across the north – and some of the biggest acts in the world – to the mile-long stretch of green beside the Ribble estuary.

The five-day festival is organised by Cuffe and Taylor, who now also stage concerts and festivals from Southampton to Scarborough, and plenty of places in-between.

Previous acts who have wowed the Lytham crowds have included Kylie Minogue, Sting, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and Blondie

And among the headliners at this year’s Lytham Festival are Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, Shania Twain, the best-selling female artist in country music history and Manchester Indie band Courteeners. The headline acts at the weekend are legendary two-tone outfit Madness and James, who will be accompanied by the Orca22 Orchestra and the Manchester Inspirational Voices Choir.

And the list of support acts includes Rick Astley, Inspiral Carpets, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and The Lightning Seeds.

Event co-founder Peter Taylor said: ‘Every headline artist we have on the bill for 2024 is in the top 20 of artists we are repeatedly asked to deliver.

‘From the opening night with Hozier to closing with James, and with Courteeners and Madness in between, there really is something for everyone. Mixed with that is a list of amazing special guests and support artists who will appeal to a wide range of music fans and make for very different, but equally brilliant, nights.

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The full Lytham line-up

Wednesday July 3


Brittany Howard

Lord Huron

Thursday July 4

Shania Twain

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Friday July 5


The Kooks

Nieve Ella

Saturday July 6


Rick Astley

Lightning Seeds

Sunday July 7


Johnny Marr

Inspiral Carpets

The Magic Numbers

The Kairos