Darwen Live music festival ‘best ever’

Blackburn Citizen: Kayley ‘Hell Kitten’ Davies singing with her band Sky Valley Mistress at Darwen Live yesterday. Kayley ‘Hell Kitten’ Davies singing with her band Sky Valley Mistress at Darwen Live yesterday.

THIS year’s Darwen Live music festival has been hailed the ‘best yet’ by organisers.

Thousands packed into the town centre on Sunday and yesterday to catch the action, with 90s pop legends The South (formerly The Beautiful South) and SoulTrain headlining the main stage.

And pubs across the town were rocking as more venues than ever hosted live music as part of the two-day event.

Darwen Town Council mayor Trevor Maxfield said it was a fantastic event. He said: “This is probably the best we have done, certainly since the town council started funding it.

“It was a great bank holiday weekend, despite the weather being a bit rainy at times. Everyone had a really good time and the music was brilliant.

“We had 17 venues this year all across the town so it was definitely the biggest we have had.”

The event was saved from the axe in 2011 when town council bosses offered to part-fund it when the borough said it could no longer afford to. Coun Maxfield has helped organise it since, starting with the one-day event that year headlined by Billy Bragg. Darwen Live resumed its traditional two-day format the following year and has thrived ever since.

Coun Maxfield said: “Now we can start looking ahead to next year’s event.

“It takes a lot of time to organise Darwen Live and every year we want to make it that bit better.”

It is not yet known whether Blackburn with Darwen Council will help with funding next year as it continues to struggle with the cuts from central government.

Festival organisers this year stepped up their drive to attract sponsors.

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2:13pm Tue 27 May 14

Progressive Penguin says...

Great weekend and some amazing bands on all stages.

I do I think it was a bit of a shame that the Monday headliners were a covers band, but that's a very minor issue and one of personal taste.

Congratulations to the organising committee and well done to the extremely hard working staff at all the Darwen Live Venues. I hope you're all having a well earned rest today!!
Great weekend and some amazing bands on all stages. I do I think it was a bit of a shame that the Monday headliners were a covers band, but that's a very minor issue and one of personal taste. Congratulations to the organising committee and well done to the extremely hard working staff at all the Darwen Live Venues. I hope you're all having a well earned rest today!! Progressive Penguin
  • Score: 12

2:28pm Tue 27 May 14

Pittss says...

Apologies to the LET as I have just emailed a complaint that there was no coverage of the Darwen Live, yet I have just found this link, sorry.
Regarding the weekend, yes, I agree an absolute fantastic weekend, I may be in my 60s but the acts were outstanding. I went into the 39 pub and some of there acts were so original, Oishala were the highlightb of the weekend for me.
Well organised, well behaved crowds and well policed, well done Darwen. I am looking forward to the next one, or can it be made a bi-annual event?
Apologies to the LET as I have just emailed a complaint that there was no coverage of the Darwen Live, yet I have just found this link, sorry. Regarding the weekend, yes, I agree an absolute fantastic weekend, I may be in my 60s but the acts were outstanding. I went into the 39 pub and some of there acts were so original, Oishala were the highlightb of the weekend for me. Well organised, well behaved crowds and well policed, well done Darwen. I am looking forward to the next one, or can it be made a bi-annual event? Pittss
  • Score: 10

7:13pm Tue 27 May 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Loved every minute of it, superb.
Loved every minute of it, superb. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 6

11:35pm Tue 27 May 14

Malthus says...

Pittss wrote:
Apologies to the LET as I have just emailed a complaint that there was no coverage of the Darwen Live, yet I have just found this link, sorry.
Regarding the weekend, yes, I agree an absolute fantastic weekend, I may be in my 60s but the acts were outstanding. I went into the 39 pub and some of there acts were so original, Oishala were the highlightb of the weekend for me.
Well organised, well behaved crowds and well policed, well done Darwen. I am looking forward to the next one, or can it be made a bi-annual event?
When you consider the size of the event there has been only limited coverage though. I am sure there could have been far more column inches created from what appears to be yet another successful year.
[quote][p][bold]Pittss[/bold] wrote: Apologies to the LET as I have just emailed a complaint that there was no coverage of the Darwen Live, yet I have just found this link, sorry. Regarding the weekend, yes, I agree an absolute fantastic weekend, I may be in my 60s but the acts were outstanding. I went into the 39 pub and some of there acts were so original, Oishala were the highlightb of the weekend for me. Well organised, well behaved crowds and well policed, well done Darwen. I am looking forward to the next one, or can it be made a bi-annual event?[/p][/quote]When you consider the size of the event there has been only limited coverage though. I am sure there could have been far more column inches created from what appears to be yet another successful year. Malthus
  • Score: 8

2:32pm Wed 28 May 14

Dan Clough says...

Malthus wrote:
Pittss wrote:
Apologies to the LET as I have just emailed a complaint that there was no coverage of the Darwen Live, yet I have just found this link, sorry.
Regarding the weekend, yes, I agree an absolute fantastic weekend, I may be in my 60s but the acts were outstanding. I went into the 39 pub and some of there acts were so original, Oishala were the highlightb of the weekend for me.
Well organised, well behaved crowds and well policed, well done Darwen. I am looking forward to the next one, or can it be made a bi-annual event?
When you consider the size of the event there has been only limited coverage though. I am sure there could have been far more column inches created from what appears to be yet another successful year.
I must object. There were pictures and a write-up in Monday's paper and then a page lead (this one) on Tuesday's reflecting on the whole event. Plus in the lead-up every pub's line-up was plugged and there have been numerous pieces in about the festival and the line-up. Literally couldn't do any more.
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pittss[/bold] wrote: Apologies to the LET as I have just emailed a complaint that there was no coverage of the Darwen Live, yet I have just found this link, sorry. Regarding the weekend, yes, I agree an absolute fantastic weekend, I may be in my 60s but the acts were outstanding. I went into the 39 pub and some of there acts were so original, Oishala were the highlightb of the weekend for me. Well organised, well behaved crowds and well policed, well done Darwen. I am looking forward to the next one, or can it be made a bi-annual event?[/p][/quote]When you consider the size of the event there has been only limited coverage though. I am sure there could have been far more column inches created from what appears to be yet another successful year.[/p][/quote]I must object. There were pictures and a write-up in Monday's paper and then a page lead (this one) on Tuesday's reflecting on the whole event. Plus in the lead-up every pub's line-up was plugged and there have been numerous pieces in about the festival and the line-up. Literally couldn't do any more. Dan Clough
  • Score: 0

7:23pm Wed 28 May 14

boynesider says...

well done to all concerned
well done to all concerned boynesider
  • Score: 2

8:41pm Wed 28 May 14

wazzaz says...

The event may have gone well. For me it was more like second rate acts producing a proper racket through rubbish sound systems. I don't think there is one quality sound system in this town. If we are going to persist with this 'Coronation Street' pocket Glastonbury get to Superfi and buy some decent gear. Oh and preferably move it somewhere else befitting its downmarket status like Burnley.
The event may have gone well. For me it was more like second rate acts producing a proper racket through rubbish sound systems. I don't think there is one quality sound system in this town. If we are going to persist with this 'Coronation Street' pocket Glastonbury get to Superfi and buy some decent gear. Oh and preferably move it somewhere else befitting its downmarket status like Burnley. wazzaz
  • Score: -9

8:18am Thu 29 May 14

hasslem hasslem says...

wazzaz wrote:
The event may have gone well. For me it was more like second rate acts producing a proper racket through rubbish sound systems. I don't think there is one quality sound system in this town. If we are going to persist with this 'Coronation Street' pocket Glastonbury get to Superfi and buy some decent gear. Oh and preferably move it somewhere else befitting its downmarket status like Burnley.
miserable sod
[quote][p][bold]wazzaz[/bold] wrote: The event may have gone well. For me it was more like second rate acts producing a proper racket through rubbish sound systems. I don't think there is one quality sound system in this town. If we are going to persist with this 'Coronation Street' pocket Glastonbury get to Superfi and buy some decent gear. Oh and preferably move it somewhere else befitting its downmarket status like Burnley.[/p][/quote]miserable sod hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 5

12:24pm Thu 29 May 14

Progressive Penguin says...

wazzaz wrote:
The event may have gone well. For me it was more like second rate acts producing a proper racket through rubbish sound systems. I don't think there is one quality sound system in this town. If we are going to persist with this 'Coronation Street' pocket Glastonbury get to Superfi and buy some decent gear. Oh and preferably move it somewhere else befitting its downmarket status like Burnley.
Bitter you weren't part of the line up by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]wazzaz[/bold] wrote: The event may have gone well. For me it was more like second rate acts producing a proper racket through rubbish sound systems. I don't think there is one quality sound system in this town. If we are going to persist with this 'Coronation Street' pocket Glastonbury get to Superfi and buy some decent gear. Oh and preferably move it somewhere else befitting its downmarket status like Burnley.[/p][/quote]Bitter you weren't part of the line up by any chance? Progressive Penguin
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Thu 29 May 14

We'll win the next one says...

wazzaz wrote:
The event may have gone well. For me it was more like second rate acts producing a proper racket through rubbish sound systems. I don't think there is one quality sound system in this town. If we are going to persist with this 'Coronation Street' pocket Glastonbury get to Superfi and buy some decent gear. Oh and preferably move it somewhere else befitting its downmarket status like Burnley.
Then it wouldn't be Darwen live. If you don't like it don't go.....simplezzz. We in Darwen certainly enjoy it!
[quote][p][bold]wazzaz[/bold] wrote: The event may have gone well. For me it was more like second rate acts producing a proper racket through rubbish sound systems. I don't think there is one quality sound system in this town. If we are going to persist with this 'Coronation Street' pocket Glastonbury get to Superfi and buy some decent gear. Oh and preferably move it somewhere else befitting its downmarket status like Burnley.[/p][/quote]Then it wouldn't be Darwen live. If you don't like it don't go.....simplezzz. We in Darwen certainly enjoy it! We'll win the next one
  • Score: 4

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