Barnoldswick rocked to bands on the square

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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Barnoldswick Bands on the Square proved to be a smash hit with crowds as folk flocked to three-day music extravaganza over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Come rain or shine, and there was plenty of both, the music was lapped up by the thousands who descended on Barnoldswick Town Square to hear music from local bands and those from further afield too.

Supernova kicked things off on a soggy Saturday before a host of talented acts took to the stage to wow the audience with their sets including Suburban Symphony, Cert 21, Blue Inc and headliners Nowt.

On Sunday, Purple Buddah started the day off and they were followed throughout the afternoon by Sunken Monkey, The Rocket, Good measure and lead act Spacebats as night fell.

Then on Monday, the sun shone as the best burgeoning musicians from Pendle and Burnley tuned in with Dead Connections, Rock School and Brassneck among others performing.

People took to social media to praise the event describing it as “immense” and “awesome”.

Fran Di Vito of Spacebats tweeted on Sunday: “Barlick Bands on the Square tonight. If last night is anything to go by, I can’t wait. Amazing crowd!”

Dave Tait added on Monday “Finally the bank hol sunshine has made an appearance. Great day at bands on the square” while others were equally gushing on Facebook, with Elaine Balderston saying she had the “best weekend ever”.

One of the many event organisers, Sally Nicholson, said: “It was fantastic, the best yet. The atmosphere was electric. I don’t think I’ve seen a single negative comment.

“The turnout was brilliant and it takes more than a bit of rain to put us off.

“Monday was great. It was completely packed. It was our presenting stage with the rising talents but what was nice was the established bands were there to give them a hand.

“I think its fair to say the local music scene is in safe hands and long may that continue.

“Thank you to the town council, all the volunteers, the Reverb factory for filming it, sound engineers, all the bands who played for free, stage manager Emma, all the roadies and wives and girlfriends of the bands, and each and every person who came jumping up and down, singing and dancing.”