Preston park ready to rock

Festwich, organised by UK Trribute Festivals, who are organising Rockprest in Moor Park, Preston, for summer 2015
Festwich, organised by UK Trribute Festivals, who are organising Rockprest in Moor Park, Preston, for summer 2015
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Tribute acts to bands from across the world are set to pack out a Preston park next summer as part of a new free festival, Rockprest.

Rockprest will take place in Moor Park, featuring two stages of music, rides, a market, and food and beer tents.

Organisers are remaining tight lipped about the line up - and the exact dates for the two-day festival - but have said tickets to the event will be free.

Festival curator Jools Taylor said: “We have been in close discussions and planning now with Preston Council for nearly a year and we are extremely excited to be bringing a new festival to Preston in summer 2015 titled Rockprest.

“Our festivals are unique as they are free to attend, the ticket is free and all the attendees pay is the actual booking fee through the ticket outlets which is never more than £2.50.

“Rockprest will be aimed at all ages and there will be something for everybody including two stages of music, thrill rides, kids’ rides, market area, plus food and beer tents that cater for all tastes.”

The team behind the plans, UK Tribute Festivals, is responsible for Festwich - an annual festival St Mary’s Park in Prestwich which has been running for the last three years.

Organisers say Festwich has seen some of the best in tribute acts from around the UK and Europe including tributes to Artic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse and Metallica.

In Preston, the organisers are promising to deliver two full days, with more than 30 acts of some of the greatest tribute acts, as well as up and coming talent.

Tim Ross, festival director, said: “Moor Park is an ideal site to host Rockprest as logistically it’s easily accessible, also the interest and requests to bring what we do at Festwich to Preston has been unbelievable.”

Coun Veronica Afrin, cabinet member for culture and leisure services with Preston Council, added: “We are excited to welcome this new venture to Preston.

“Rockprest sounds like it will be a great experience for Prestonians of all ages and we’re pleased that UK Tribute Festivals chose us to be their next venue.”

The date and line up for Rockprest will not be announced until after Christmas, with tickets being released early in the new year.

From the popularity of Festwich, organisers predict that Rockprest tickets won’t be around for long, with only 5,000 released for each day.

For developments and announcements, visit www.facebook.com/rockprest or www.rockprest.co.uk.