It’s here! The first Matlock Festival starts today (Thursday) so make sure you get out in the sunshine over the next few days and sample the many treats the event has to offer.
Co-organiser Steven Murphy from Peak Promotion is encouraging people to get involved and support this eagerly-awaited feast of fun for the town, running from July 18-21.
He said: “We’ve really been blessed with the weather forecast for the very first Matlock Festival.
“I hope the public take the opportunity to be a part of Matlock Festival, whether that’s attending the live events or coming along during the weekend and enjoying the activities in the park.
“I’d like to thank all the help I’ve had from sponsors Maazi, Cafe in the Park and Morclean and to everyone who’s helped organise activities and events.
“It’s been great to organise the very first Matlock Festival with Sean Buff (Zhivago Jewellery) and I hope this is the start of something which will happen every year.
“Your own town needs your support. It is thanks to the many independent businesses in the town that this festival is taking place. Take the opportunity and enjoy Matlock Festival in this incredible summer weather.”
Tickets are still available for ticketed events and you will be able to pay on the door if not sold out.
A number of the events have already been featured in the last two editions of the Mercury but here are a few details about three more of the bigger live events yet to be covered in these pages.
Facsimile Presents The Acoustic Sessions is to take place at Twenty Ten on Friday, July 19, at 8pm, with free entry.
Facsimile (pictured) are regarded as one of the country’s finest covers bands, with a very large following thanks to their ability to produce a performance the audience can’t help sing and dance along to.
Formed in 2009, Facsimile have played a wide range of venues and events from weddings, to private parties, festivals, bars and clubs.
They combine the strengths of each individual performer into a cohesive whole that performs each track as though it was their own.
Supporting on the night are Sheffield singer/songwriter Jamie Heawood and Matlock singer/songwriter Jason Barker, who has been performing for over ten years and has an extensive set of original material plus rock and pop covers from the last 40 years.
On Saturday, July 20, from 3pm until late, it’s time for the free Matlock Mini Music Festival at Black Hippo, including a total of 11 different acts.
Among those performing are Benjy CJ, Beth McCarthy, Andy Carr, The Simple Tones, Motion Replay, Steve Wood, Matthew Thorpe, Alex Rennie, Caitlin Cook, Will MackMersh and Lizzie Parkin.
With 11 acts on the same bill, and free entry, this is an event that is certainly not to be missed.
Then, on Sunday, July 21, from 7pm, there’s Sneaky Peeky Cabaret, at The Loft.
The finale of the festival, Sneaky Peeky Cabaret will include burlesque by the sizzling Lulu Belle Ferrari, Cherry Blossoms, Dolly Diamante and the Trudy Licious Ladies, plus comedy, magic and mind reading by the dazzling Duncan William.
Host for the evening will be Danny Ward, a stand-up who has hosted his own nights at several big festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe.
Tickets can be purchased at Little Gem or Black Hippo and cost £6.
For more on the many events lined up for the first Matlock Festival, you can go to www.matlockfestival.com