Music festival returns to town

Surreal Panther
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Ripley will be alive with the sound of music once more when the town’s popular and long-running music festival kicks off on Sunday, July 6.

Between July 6-13, the town plays host to a large range of musical performances, in many styles and across a number of venues.

The Ripley Music Festival is one of the most popular of the area’s summer events, and festival secretary Mick Wilson said: “We have the most variety this year than ever before. There is something to suit all ages.”

On Sunday, July 6, there is to be a brass band concert at Crossley Park (free entry) between 2.30pm-4.30pm, followed by a Jam Night at The Holly Bush, Marehay, from 8pm (free entry).

The Regal hosts a rock night on Monday, July 7, from 8pm, featuring Surreal Panther, Firegarden and a tribute band to The Darkness, plus others. Entry is free. Also on July 7, from 7.30pm, there will be a performance at All Saints Church by Pye Hill Male Voice Choir. Tickets are £5.

Tuesday, July 8, sees a Rock ‘n’ Roll Night take place at The Regal, featuring The Tomkatz and Ready Steady 60s. Entry is free and it gets under way at 8pm.

On the same night, chamber orchestra J26 return to play a concert at All Saints Church from 7.30pm. Entry is £5.

The Regal is the venue on Wednesday, July 9, for a free gig featuring Jonathan Eagles, Pheonix Bay, Ornamental Gentlemen, Lucille and The Javelins. It starts at 8pm.

On the same night, the Arioso duo are at All Saints Church, (7.30pm start, tickets £5), and Irish folk legends Kelly’s Heroes perform at the Midland pub, Ripley, from 8.30pm (free entry).

For more on this year’s festival, see

See next week’s paper for more on the events that are coming up between July 10 and the festival’s grand finale on Sunday, July 13.