WHEN you ring Ivan Harrison’s mobile, the ring tone is accompanied by the sound of Hanging On The Telephone by Blondie.
It’s appropriate, then, that the man behind Morecambe’s punk festival dreams of one day bringing Debbie Harry’s band to headline his event.
When Nice ‘n’ Sleazy was first held in 2006, thoughts of attracting such big names to Morecambe was just pie in the sky.
But the small annual gathering of punk music lovers, formed out of the remains of the internationally-renowned Holidays in the Sun and Wasted spectaculars in Morecambe of the 90s and early noughties, has grown from humble beginnings to become a mainstay of the season.
Ticket sales are double that of previous years for the 2011 event, to be held at the Trimpell Club from this Friday (May 27) to Sunday (May 29).
Morecambe Town Council also backed Nice ‘n’ Sleazy this year with a £4,000 grant, meaning Ivan has been able to bring in The Boomtown Rats (without Bob Geldof but still with three original members) as this year’s main attraction.
All in all, 70 acts will perform over three days on three stages, including one in an outdoor marquee.
“Nice ‘n’ Sleazy is growing in stature,” said Ivan.
“This year we will have a few bands from Europe playing, including a great German band from Berlin called Radio Dead Ones, who take to the stage on Friday evening.
“We have managed to secure a number of bigger bands and a marquee stage, all because of support from Morecambe Town Council, which has been tremendous towards the festival.
“The Business, who will take the stage on the Saturday night, are from London and are one of the country’s top ‘Oi’ bands.
“It was a great coup getting this band as they only do selected dates at major festivals.
“It’s all very exciting and the Trimpell is a cracking place for it.”
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