High kicking country

Lance Merlin.
Lance Merlin.

Country music fans from all over the North West visited Morecambe on the Bank Holiday weekend as Country Kickback returned to the Platform after a year’s absence.

Dancers from Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton, Barrow and Kendal filled the venue with well-rehearsed choerography and showed little sign of fatigue as the festival progressed throughout the day and night.

Colt Murphy opened proceedings and immediately packed the floor with his modern country set.

He was followed by two sets from newcomer Lance Merlin who gave the day an international flavour.

Hailing from Rotterdam, the Dutch master has an old school country voice and it showed on tracks like the superbly titled ‘All My Ex’s Come from Texas’.

The afternoon session was wrapped up in great style by Double Trouble, a Kent outfit making their first visit to the resort.

At night it was the turn of the excellent Donna Wylde who had driven over from another festival in York that afternoon and her quality showed why she has won the top UK Country Female Artist title.

Liverpool’s Magill boys ended a great festival with a packed dance floor, leaving the audience wanting more.

Exhausted but happy, they all promised to return to Morecambe in 2016.

The next Kalimba Events music festival at the Platform is BluesWater on Sunday, June 21.

The Kyla Brox Band, The Section, Underground Ballroom, Courtland Bresner and Richard Law will appear. Noon to 5pm, free admission.