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Crowds flocked to Middlewich over the weekend for the town’s 28th annual FAB Festival.
This year’s headliners were Peter Hook & The Light, Scott Matthews and Electric Swing Circus. They led a vast line-up which also incorporated numerous pop-up gigs around the town as part of the FAB Fringe.
More than 1,000 people enjoyed Friday’s momentous gig on the main stage at Market Field, where former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook rocked his way through possibly the most iconic live performances Middlewich has ever seen!
The live music and entertainment then continued all weekend across the town, with thousands of visitors attending each day.
Saturday’s main stage ‘Showcase Americana’ spectacular was kicked-off in style by local duo Cinder Hill, who were delighted to announce on Sunday that they had been nominated as finalists in the UK Country Music Awards 2018.
Electric Swing Circus closed the festival on Sunday evening with a lively set, which had the Market Field audience up on their feet and dancing all night long!
This year’s festival saw the addition of a unique garden party on the canalside plus an enlarged display of art at St Michael and All Angels Church.
The art display alone welcomed more than 3,000 visitors through the doors to see ‘The Big Story Labyrinth’ showcasing biblical-themed artwork produced by six local schools.
The event also saw the return of regular attractions such as: the floating market, where brightly-decorated canal boats lined up from Town Bridge to The Big Lock selling arts, crafts and local produce; dance performances in the Bull Ring, and; a parade led by mayor of Middlewich Cllr Bill Walmsley.
Jonathan Williams, town clerk for Middlewich Town Council (organisers of the FAB Festival), commented: “It was fantastic to see so many people in Middlewich enjoying the festival.
“We had visitors from all over the UK, and even international visitors too. There were a whole host of festivities going on all weekend, and with the exception of the Friday night gig it was free for families to enjoy – we were very proud to see it all come together.
“Once again we saw some fantastic live entertainment and I’d just like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors, traders, the fringe venues, volunteers and to the local community for helping us to put on such a fantastic weekend of entertainment in Middlewich.
“We will review the event, analyse what went well and where we can improve, as we strive to make Middlewich FAB even better year by year.”
More information about next year’s event will be released soon.