Punks rocked by Morecambe festival future fears

Roddy Radiation from The Specials.
Roddy Radiation from The Specials.

It’s won two of our Sunshine Awards, pulls in 1,000 people every year and carries on a great tradition in the town.

But the Nice ‘n’ Sleazy punk music festival, which returns to Morecambe this weekend, could be under threat unless extra cash can be found.

Promoter Ivan Harrison says this weekend’s punk gathering, headlined by The Specials star Roddy Radiation, could be the last.

“It would be our 10th one next year but I’m not sure what’s going to happen,” said taxi driver Ivan.

“We got £3,000 from Morecambe Town Council this year but they’ve told us we won’t get that next year.

“It costs £8,000 to put on and that bit of money makes the difference. 95% of people who come to the festival are from out of town.

“Half of them stay in hotels and they all spend money in the pubs.”

Ivan and his team started their festival after the annual ‘Wasted’ punk event was lost to Blackpool in the mid-2000s.

This year’s event will kick off with a launch night at the Bath Hotel pub on Thursday, continuing with live punk and ska music, a real ale tent, comedy and camp site at the Trimpell Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend tickets cost £45 in advance, £50 on the day. Bands on include Pedagree Skum, The Guttersluts and Army of Skanks.

See HERE for full information on the festival.