Lancaster BID supports city’s music festival

CROWDS: The 2014 festival
CROWDS: The 2014 festival
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Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID) has helped to fund shows at new venues for the city’s music festival.

This year there are 10 new venues, including four of Lancaster’s historic outdoor squares. Dalton Square, Sun Square, Market Square and the Judges Lodgings will host outdoor performances and workshops.

This section of the festival is funded by Lancaster BID, who have helped towards the cost of staging and producing the 27 acts that will perform there.

Named “Square Roots” the new venues mean audiences will be right in the heart of the city centre.

BID hopes this will provide a boost for shops and businesses in the city centre and help increase audience numbers.

Manager of the BID, Liz Hickingbotham, said: “The mission is to put Lancaster on the on the map locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as a world class music city.

“We’ve pumped more money into marketing the event and using Lancaster’s historic squares promotes the city centre attractions as well as the music, so it’s positive for everyone.

“Last year 67,000 visitors came to the city during the festival and with the extra venues now secured, we are hoping that even more people will come here to eat, shop, relax and enjoy the music”.

Ben Ruth, the Lancaster Music festival co-ordinator, said “The continuing support of the Lancaster Music Festival by BID has enabled it to not only just survive, but also thrive, expand and start on the journey towards greater self-sufficiency and we look forward to partnering with Lancaster BID through 2016-21 on the many exciting projects we are currently planning”.

It runs from October 8 to 12.