Preston gearing up for the return of Prestfest

Last year's Presfest.
Last year's Presfest.
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This year’s annual celebration of Preston’s award-winning nightlife promises to be bigger and better than ever, say organisers.

Prestfest is returning to the Flag Market tomorrow with Melanie C from world’s biggest selling girl-group the Spice Girls headlining the event with an exclusive 90’s Mixtape DJ set in the evening.

The festival is returning to the Flag Market.

The festival is returning to the Flag Market.

The event has been organised by Preston’s Business Improvement District (BID) as a celebration of the city’s Purple Flag award which recognises safe places to enjoy a night out.

Preston BID manager Mark Whittle said: “The build up has gone really well; very different than last year in terms of artists and having a strong day event that means it’s a natural flow into the night.”

Gok Wan is fronting Fashion Rocks, a style show taking place on the Flag Market from 11:30am.

Mark added: “Ticket sales have also been good – we’re at least on par with last year – and the weather looks great. I’ve spoken to all the artists who can’t wait for it.”

Mark and the Preston BID team recently carried out a Event Safety Advisory Group where they laid out the whole shape of the event with Preston Council and local emergency services, including police and ambulance.

Mark said: “We do all that to keep people safe. They all know a lot is happening and everyone is on board with it.”

Other acts to play the festival are DJ Sash!, Lovely Laura, Ben Santiago, and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Ace.