‘Slaves’ bike rock festival to return

The Lancashire Chapter of Satan's Slaves motorcycling group held a bike and rock weekend on farmland off Cropper Road in Marton
The Lancashire Chapter of Satan's Slaves motorcycling group held a bike and rock weekend on farmland off Cropper Road in Marton
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A MUSIC festival which attracted the wrath of locals has been hailed a resounding success.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Lancashire Rock and Bike festival this weekend for two days of music and motorbikes – and the group behind the event hope to repeat their success next year.

The festival, organised by the Lancashire Chapter of the Satan’s Slaves, was held in a field off Cropper Road, just outside Blackpool and saw bands such as tribute act Mentallica take to the stage.

Organiser Martin Stansfield said: “It was absolutely fantastic. It was very well attended and everything went off absolutely perfectly.

“Lots and lots of locals came down and lots of families with little kids – they loved it.

“There wasn’t a single problem and the bands were superb. I would very much like to come back next year. We proved the point we can put on a very well organised safe event for people in this area. It was absolutely a resounding success.”

The event was held on Friday and Saturday and as well as performances from bands there was also on-site camping and a custom bike show.

Residents living close to the site, in Westby, had submitted official complaints to Fylde Council before the festival amid fears the event would create an “intolerable” noise.

There were also concerns about problems on the roads and from people camping on-site.

But the council agreed to grant the two-day event a licence as long as the music finished by 11pm.

And Mr Stansfield added: “One of the biggest comments we got was people couldn’t believe how relaxed and easy the atmosphere was.

“That’s what we kept saying –there’s never any trouble at our events.”

Lancashire Police confirmed there had been no incidents reported from the event.