Loads of events on First Friday

The Paddy Garrigan band.
The Paddy Garrigan band.
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The monthly ‘First Friday’ arts night offers a chance to jazz up your July this Friday (July 5).

The official launch of Lancaster Jazz Festival will take place at The Hall in China Street with a performance by quintet ACV.

Organisers of the city’s Jazz Festival in September will also announce the line-up. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £3 to £5.

There will be also be music on the menu at Williamson Park and the Stonewell Tavern in Lancaster and The Hothouse in Morecambe.

Lee Affen plays a free acoustic guitar session at the Pavilion Cafe in Williamson Park from 6-7pm. Tables can be reserved by ringing 01524 33318.

The Paddy Garrigan Band bring their original folk/grunge/rock songs to The Stonewell Tavern in Lower Church Street from 9.30pm. The gig is free.

And in Morecambe, More Like Trees, who draw on a range of musical influences to create ‘strum & bass’ acoustic music, play The Hothouse from 7pm. Tickets are priced £5-7. Phone 01524 831997 for more information.

Other events coming under the First Friday umbrella will be the Robin Hood play at Williamson Park, Carrie’s War at the Grand Theatre, Jazz Mansion at Forest Hills near Lancaster University and the free official opening of the latest exhibition by Lancaster & District Art Society in the Thomas Storey Room at the Storey Centre, at 6pm.

And if you want a free multi-arts experience, get along to Scratch at the Lord Ashton pub. This is a new evening of music, theatre and performance featuring artists from across the North West, starting at 7.30pm.