A mini-guide to music festivals in Lancashire and the Lake District

Bryan Adams AT Lytham Festival - Photo Cuffe & Taylor

Bryan Adams AT Lytham Festival - Photo Cuffe & Taylor

Not sure where to go this year for the best festival experience? We’ve got it covered in our mini guide to music festivals for 2017

February 10-11

Love Folk Festival, Southport

The third annual event, based at The Atkinson, will feature Fairport Convention and John Boden. www.theatkinson.co.uk/special-event/love-folk-festival-2-2/

April 2-8

South Cumbria Music Festival

Now one of the most respected competitive festivals in the coutry and based at Coronation Hall, Ulverston. www.southcumbriamusicalfestival.co.uk

April 7-9

Bowness Bay Blues

The sixth annual festival will feature more than 20 bands playing gigs around the Lakes town. www.bownessbayblues.co.uk

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April 26-27

Ireby Music Festival

The 15th festival will see scores of gigs in intimate venues around the village. www.irebyfestival.co.uk

April 27-May 1

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival

Yolanda Brown will be among the headline acts at this year’s event staged across the valley. rvjazzandblues.co.uk

June 14-16

Beat-Herder Festival, Sawley

Annual music and dance festival held at the picturesque Dockber Farm. beatherder.co.uk

June 23-25

Kendal Street Choirs Festival

The streets are alive with the sound of music as choirs from across the country perform around the town. www.lakelandvoice.co.uk/2016/02/street-choirs-festival-2017.html

June 23-25

Dentdale Music and Beer Festival

Venture over the border for three days of free music, good beer, entertainments, crafts and family fun. dentmusicandbeer.com

July 6-9

Wigan International Jazz Festival

Jools Holland will be among the star names at this year’s event. wiganjazzclub.co.uk

July 20-23

Liverpool International Music Festival

Liverpool and music go together so well, and scores of top acts at the fifth annual festival will help cement that link. limfestival.com

July 22

Lancashire Festival

A family-friendly event at Avenham Park, Preston, in the heart of the city with entertainment, food, music and fun from noon-8pm. www.facebook.com/events/1216769105008523/

July 27-20

Kendal Calling

Noel Gallagher, Madness and Donovan are among the eclectic acts already signed up for this award-winning annual festival at Lowther Deer Park. www.kendalcalling.co.uk

August 3-6

Lytham Festival

The line-up hasn’t yet been announced but this rapidly growing event has attracted big names in recent years. As well as the music, there’s art, comedy and other events around the town. lythamfestival.com

September 15-17

Lancaster Jazz Festival

Showcasing the best contemporary jazz from around the UK as well as great local talent. lancasterjazz.com

October 12-16

Lancaster Music Festival

Showcasing the diversity and quality of musicians, music venues, and organisations. lancastermusicfestival.com