The biggest event on the New Mills calendar starts tonight, Friday September 9, and for two weeks the town will host everything from gigs to the famed lantern parade.
Kicking things off tonight is the most Googled musician of 2012, Lucy Spraggan whose X Factor audition has been watched 35 million times on Youtube.
Festival chairman Lyn Bannister said: “To get such a big artist is a massive coup for the festival.
“Every year we have a big gig to get people ready and also help raise much needed funds for next years’s festival.” New Mills Festival advertised Lucy was coming at the carnivals in the High Peak.
Lyn said: “I was driving the car and Lucy’s music was on full blast so I know all of the words now and I’m really looking forward to hearing her sing live.”
She will be taking to the stage at the New Mills Art Theatre on Saturday, September 10 and so far 300 tickets have already been sold.
With her debut album Join the Club a top-ten success, Lucy has enjoyed sell-out tours ever since. Her latest record We Are... was released on her own label, CTRL Records, after she opted to take the independent route the second time around.
New Mills Festival is a two week annual celebration of community spirit through a diverse range of activities from talks and walks to concerts, gigs, exhibitions, trails, quizzes and performances with a spectacular lantern procession through The Torrs Gorge ending in a Community Street Party in the centre of town.
Lyn, who has been with the festival for nine years and chairman for four said: “We rebranded and relaunched three years ago tying everything together we have gone from strength to strength.
“We now have 150 artists taking part in the Art Trial which is a 20 per cent increase on last year.”
The festival has organised for sculptures to go up on flag poles around town and had businesses vying for the art work.
Lyn said: “The art is the second biggest draw for people in the town and it is great we have so many people wanting to get involved.
“The festival is something which benefits everyone and it is so nice to see so many people want to be a part of it.”
This years’s theme is inventions and there are plenty of opportunities to get creative, learn new skills or just sit back and be entertained.
The Art Trail Big Weekend runs from 23rd-25thSeptember, when artists and venues across the town open their doors to host pop-up exhibitions, open studios, workshops, demonstrations and arts and crafts markets. Fresh from Banksy’s Dismaland, Jimmy Cauty’s Aftermath Dislocation Principal will form part of the trail, offering a thought provoking view through a peephole.
The Art Trail Big Weekend runs from September 23 to 25, when artists and venues across the town open their doors to host pop-up exhibitions, open studios, workshops, demonstrations and arts and crafts markets.
Lyne explained: “This is win-win for everyone as the biggest thing an artist wants is for people to see and enjoy their work and helps businesses and gives people a reason to get out an about.
“It’s great seeing so many people walking around that weekend with their maps and being part of the community.” Since the rebrand the lantern procession on Saturday September 24 now ends in a street party.
Lyn said: “For a long time people thought the lantern parade was not connected to the festival but it is and now we have the party at the end it keeps people in the town for longer which can only be a good thing.
“I love the sense of community there is during festival season.”
Patch and the Giant will bring New Mills Festival 2016 to a melodious close The seven piece alternative folk band, Patch & The Giant, will play the final event in New Mills 2016 Festival at the Town Hall on Sunday, September 25, which is sure to be an evening of foot stamping celebrations helped along by a real ale bar.
Lyn added: “For all the volunteers that is it the end of a hard year of organisation so the last gig is a chance for people to take a step back and enjoy it.
“I really hope the community turns out for what is going to be the biggest festival yet.”
The festival desperately need more than 50 volunteers on procession during the day and the night on Saturday, September 24, to get involved email email@example.com or text rob 07794545166.