Bands to plug in for Thornton festival

Simon Winterbottom in the Norcross field where he plans to run a music festival.
Simon Winterbottom in the Norcross field where he plans to run a music festival.
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A music festival has been given the go ahead for next month in the same field where a controversial live DJ event disrupted young families and residents.

Organisers of the Moo Project decided to scrap their plans for a second festival in fields off Norcross Lane, Norcross, last month following a number of complaints after a debut event in May.

However, music promoter Simon Winterbottom has secured the field for the inaugural Thornton Festival on September 21, and has the backing of the police, Wyre Council and Environmental Health.

He said: “We are organising something totally different but it’s on a larger scale.

“We want to put live bands on a big stage with no hassle and everything has been granted by the council and they are all happy.”

Mr Winterbottom will contact all of the residents living in the vicinity of the fields to let them know about the event, which will run from 4pm to 11pm and feature local bands Ska Face, The Rattlers, Fat Tuesdays and Electric Echo.

Mr Winterbottom added: “The amount of people asking if they can play has been unbelievable.

“I have a passion for live bands and want to give them a boost because I love live music and I want to give them an opportunity to put them on stage.”

Mr Winterbottom used to own the Raikes Hall pub in Blackpool where he regularly hosted a band night every Friday and Saturday.

Coun May Gandhi, Wyre councillor for Carleton, worked with residents who opposed the Moo Project’s second event and fears they will be disturbed by the music.

She said: “I’m very concerned it’s going ahead again.

“It’s going to be a nightmare for them.

“It’s going to be much of the same with loud, blaring music and all the things that surround it.

“This one has more conditions imposed but nothing much has changed because it will go on to 11pm and be noisy.

“People are concerned it has been allowed on the same field, but there’s been a circus and a car boot sale there recently and I suppose it’s an opportunity that people can’t afford to miss out on if the farmer wants to lend his field to them.”

Wyre Council confirmed a Temporary Events Notice has been granted for the Thornton Music Festival 2013.

Tickets are priced at £18 and can be bought by calling Mr Winterbottom on 07849180575.

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