Evanfest to return to Preston this weekend

Photo: David Hurst Organisers of last year's Evanfest, held at Ships and Giggles, Fylde Road, Preston,  from left, Lynda Lamb, Andy Mac and Kate Jones
Photo: David Hurst Organisers of last year's Evanfest, held at Ships and Giggles, Fylde Road, Preston, from left, Lynda Lamb, Andy Mac and Kate Jones
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“It’s just absolutely incredible how much it’s taken off and how much support we get.”

Organisers are putting final plans in place for a festival which will return this weekend, to celebrate the life of a Preston musician.

Evan Page

Evan Page

Evanfest was first staged in 2013 to honour one of the final wishes of Evan Page, who suffered from bipolar disorder and died in November 2012.

The event, which has “become bigger and bigger” since it was first set up, will be held on Saturday at Ships and Giggles in Preston’s Fylde Road.

Just before his death, Evan had asked his close friend Kate Jones, 48, to stage a gig to raise awareness of bipolar disorder, and the festivals have “snowballed” since they were first set up.

Kate, who lives in Barton, said: “It’s all in honour of raising awareness like he had asked.

“The funds are an added bonus, and that goes to Bipolar UK.”

The event will begin at 1.30pm on Saturday, with the last band at about 12.30am.

It will feature acts including UK Spectre Squad, Skygreen, Honour Roots, Jamie Brewer and Beatniks Collective, with Dirty Bare Feet set to headline the event.

Kate said: “There are some absolutely fantastic acts on, we really have been very lucky.”

Kate teamed up with friends Pete Knight and Lynda Lamb to organise the festival, and said she though Evan would be “completely over the moon with it”.

She said: “I think he wouldn’t be able to believe the success of it. He would be working full pelt to support it and get behind it and be part of it.”

Kate thanked the team at Ships and Giggles, describing them as “absolutely fantastic”.