This year's DH Lawrence Music Festival set to be 'best one yet'
Organisers of a major music festival in Eastwood are busy planning the next event, which is set to return with a bang after being cancelled last year.
Every September for one day only, the town’s streets come alive with the sound of music as a dozen venues play host to local singers and songwriters in the DH Lawrence Music Festival.
For the last seven years, the free festival has been a staple in residents’ calendars, offering a chance to hear original live music and enjoy a day out on the town.
Although the event couldn’t take place last year due to coronavirus restrictions, organisers have fingers crossed they will be able to go full steam ahead this September.
Festival founder Chris Barlow said: “With missing out last year, everyone is definitely ready for it.
"The festival is free because it really is all about the music and creating a real community for musicians.
“We’ve got about 150 artists lined up so far – it’s exciting. I think it’s definitely going to be the best one yet.”
The event, which first started out as a humble open mic night for locals, has now grown to attract performers and visitors from right across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
The annual event pays homage to the town’s well-loved historic celebrity DH Lawrence, with talent and creativity at its heart.
All performers are encouraged to write and play their own original music rather than playing covers.
Festival organiser Ben Mark Smith, a local musician himself who will be playing on the day, said: “We want more people to embrace original music and it’s really important for up and coming local artists that they are given a chance to perform and get their names out there.
"We’ve now expanded from just singers – a few venues can stage bands as well so we’ve managed to properly diversify our line-up.
"We’ve even got a punk stage this year, so that’s something different.
"People were genuinely gutted when it couldn’t happen last year so we’re determined to make it as amazing as possible this time to make up for it. I think it’s something everyone will really appreciate and enjoy after everything that’s happened.”
Around 150 artists including Kaleido, Emma Buckley and Left Hand Lane will play at around a dozen venues across the town on September 11 including the Dog and Parrot, Oliver’s, the Three Tuns and the Old Wine Vaults.
Dog and Parrot landlord David Boam is looking forward to hosting musicians throughout the day.
He added: “We can’t wait, it’s a cracking time. It’s always really good fun for everyone.”
Visit the DH Lawrence Music Festival page on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest plans.