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Missed out on Glastonbury or on the Blue Dot Festival? There is no need to spend hundreds of pounds to enjoy top music. From Friday 12 August – Saturday 20 August, the Anderton Boat Lift, located in a spectacular location overlooking the River Weaver and next to the Trent & Mersey canal near Northwich in Cheshire, will feature top, high-energy, national and regional acts, including the winner of this year’s National Tribute Award. Tickets can be purchased at by calling 01606 786 777 or by visiting the Anderton Boat Lift.

For its second Summer ‘Lift Off’ concerts, the exciting musical line-up at the Boat Lift will feature headline act ‘Rule the World’ - the country’s number one Take That tribute band and recent winners of the National Tribute Award 2016. The festival will also feature the big band sound of the seven-piece Crewe and Sandbach-based band, Platform 7, including its three female saxophonists. Top hits of the 70s and 80s, including music from The Jam and The Cure, will be performed live by Crewe-based band, ‘The Start’ and the festival will end on a ‘high’ of Madness songs with Los Palmas 6. The band is the leading ‘Madness’ tribute band, attracting rave reviews from festival goers around Britain. The band features Steve Turner, who was with the band for eight years on saxophone.

A bar will be available each night in the Lift View Marquee, along with fresh, affordable food from the kitchens of the Lift’s tree-top Coffee Shop.

The line-up is:

Friday 12 August – ‘Rule the World’ (supported by Field Talks, its lead male vocalist) Advance tickets are £17.50 or on the door, £22.50. Doors open 6.30pm.

Saturday 13 August – Platform 7 The band will perform a wide selection of Soul and Motown music and will be supported by the beautiful and powerful voice of female vocalist, Dion Georgino Advance tickets are £7.50 or on the door, £10.00. Doors open 6.30pm.

Friday 19 August – The Start The four-piece band will play hits from the 70s and 80s, such as The Jam, The Cure and many more. Supported by top vocalist, Darren Collings. Advance tickets are £7.50 or on the door, £10.00. Doors open 6.30pm.

Sunday 20 August – Los Palmas 6 Featuring Steve Turner, who played saxophone with Madness for eight years and Natasha Marie, a leading female vocalist singing SKA Music. Advance tickets are £17.50 or on the door, £22.50. Doors open 6.30pm.

Dan Maines, who sings as Gary Barlow, from ‘Rule the World’ said: “We have been endorsed by Take That, which is the highest accolade for a tribute band, but it feels very good to have just won the National Tribute Awards 2016 too. Frankly, the biggest kick we get is to play to delighted ‘Take That’ fans who say that we sound just like the original and sometimes better!”

Steve Turner, saxophonist with Madness for eight years, said: “It was our intention to create the best Madness band in the world and, as I was in the original band, I know we have succeeded. Our aim is to supercharge our audiences with the Madness’ back catalogues and have an unrivalled evening of music and fun.

Festival goers can enjoy watching the live acts on the terraced lawns that overlook the magnificent Anderton Boat Lift, which is widely acknowledged as one of the finest feats of high Victorian engineering anywhere onBritain’s waterways. Known at the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’, the world’s first successful boat lift is a spectacular and unforgettable location for this high-energy, Summer Music festival.

Tim Turner, Anderton Boat Lift’s General Manager, said: “Last year’s festival-goers said that our first Summer Music Festival was something a bit special and magical. Of course this has a lot to do with the top acts we book but it is also about the ambience of the Lift and the river setting, backed up by quality beers and top notch food at affordable prices. All in all, a night at the Anderton Boat Lift’s Summer Music Festival is a night to remember. This is definitely an event to put in the diary for the Summer.”

For further information contact www.canalrivertrust.org.uk or visit Twitter @AndertonLift and Facebook Anderton Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift is owned by the Canal and River Trust and was restored in 2002 after a £7 million restoration made possible due to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Anderton Boat Lift is a major visitor attraction, drawing more than 120,000 visitors to it each year.

Website: canalrivertrust.org.uk
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