Bands on the Square is back

Cert 21 on stage at the Barnoldswick Bands on the Square.

Cert 21 on stage at the Barnoldswick Bands on the Square.

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A three day music extravaganza begins in Barnoldswick tomorrow as Bands on the Square is back with its 2015 edition.

The stage is now set after volunteers have been busily converting Barnoldswick’s Town Square into a venue after months of planning which will showcase 28 of the best bands in the area tomorrow, on Sunday and on Monday.

Cert 21 on stage at the Barnoldswick Bands on the Square.

Cert 21 on stage at the Barnoldswick Bands on the Square.

Bands on the Square attracted 3,000 people across the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in 2014 and it is anticipated a similar number or more could descend on the town in 2015.

Excitement has been growing in the last month, much like the profile of the festival itself, with “BOTS 2015” T-Shirts selling like hot cakes within a range of products in a new merchandising line.

Seven of the 28 bands performing across the three days this year appeared at 2014’s event ensuring the line-up remains fresh for festival regulars.

Emma West, who organises Bands on the Square alongside Coun. Claire Teall, said: “We’re excited but there’s nerves as well.

Blue Ink take to the stage at the Barnoldswick Bands on the Square.

Blue Ink take to the stage at the Barnoldswick Bands on the Square.

“Bands on the Square has a load of great quality, amazing live music and is an event for the family.

“Everybody performs for free and there’s always a great atmosphere. Come and have a listen and come and see us.

“We have two graduates from the Pendle Music Academy on the Saturday, Brooke Phipps and Amy Colvin, and the music academy and the up and coming bands play on the Monday with the more established bands on Saturday and Sunday.

“We hope the line-up is the best ever. We had 3,000 people last year and we’re hoping the appeal of the event reaches further and further.”

Returning bands playing tomorrow are headliners Suburban Symphony, Decoys, Monsters as Humans, Sunken Monkey and Blue Inc while Spacebats perform on Sunday and Brassneck take the headline slot on Monday.

The Folkestra headline Sunday and those that didn’t perform in 2014 include Rock Pawn and Hot Dog Hobos on Saturday, Rawkuss, Dark Horse and Third Thumb on Sunday and Decembers Twin and Kim Berry on Monday.

In a late line-up change, Breaking Waves will no longer play on Sunday due to an unforeseen circumstance and they will now be replaced by The Alexines.

For the full festival line-up and further information on times, log on to the “Barlick Bands on the Square” page on Facebook, go to @bandsontsquare on twitter or visit www.visitbarnoldswick.co.uk.