Ray Quinn set to shine at Preston’s Familyfest

Former X Factor singer and Dancing On Ice winner Ray Quinn
Former X Factor singer and Dancing On Ice winner Ray Quinn
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Dancing on Ice favourite and X Factor alumni Ray Quinn has been unveiled as the headline act at this year’s Familyfest.

The 26-year-old chart topping singer, dancer and West End star is over-joyed to top the bill at the outdoor concert on Preston’s Flag Market.

The father-of-one said: “I am really looking forward to appearing at Familyfest in Preston. It’s going to be great fun and I hope everyone turns up to see it for a great, free, day out.”

Singer-songwriter Bailey McConnell has also signed up to the Preston Business Improvement District (BID) event on July 25.

Bailey and Dirty Dancing stage heart-throb Ray will follow Britain’s Got Talent acts Henry Gallagher, Ella Shaw and Mr Zip and musicians Matt Fitzgerald, Chris Atkinson, Tiger Heart, Distracted and Red.

BID manager Mark Whittle believes it is great for Preston that singer Ray has chosen to perform in the city ahead of the release of his new material.

He said: “These are two great acts that are popular with younger members of the family - and many mums as well!

“2015 is set to be a good year for Ray, with a new single, a 17-date UK tour, new album launch and book release, and it is great for Preston to be a part of that.

“He is known for entertaining the public with his boundless talent for singing, dancing, acting and pretty much everything in between, while Bailey is a great addition to the line-up with a national and international fan base.”

And Mr Whittle hopes the family-friendly event which runs from 1pm to 5pm in the school holidays will entice more people back into the city centre. He said: “We have organised this event during the school holidays so families can come along and enjoy quality entertainment in our magnificent city centre – all free of charge.

Preston's Flag Market becomes an outdoor cinema as part of a Familyfest

Preston's Flag Market becomes an outdoor cinema as part of a Familyfest

“Preston is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come and find something to do. The results of our recent public survey found that and this event goes a long way to back that up.

“As well as putting on some great entertainment, this will entice more and more people into the city centre to shop, adding more value to the businesses that already operate in Preston. We have continually promoted Preston as a family friendly city and we want families to be able to come into the city and enjoy themselves.

“For businesses, this event will add yet more vibrancy to the city centre and, crucially, increase footfall.”

Last year’s Familyfest saw 1,200 people enjoying an outdoor cinema on the Flag Market.

These are two great acts that are popular with younger members of the family - and many mums as well!

Mark Whittle