Chorley came A-LIVE at the weekend

9 October 2018

CHORLEY town centre came a-Live with music and performance as the sixth Chorley Live was a huge success.

Chorley Live 2018
Blue Dog Hooch. Photo: Paul Heyes

Thousands of people of all ages attended the reputable two night event in Lancashire and enjoyed music of every genre from jazz to rock in venues ranging from pubs and cafés to a sweet shop, a gym and a library. The event, which is organised by Chorley Council and the Creative Network, saw more than 260 live performances across 33 venues.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “Chorley Live once again proved to be a fantastic two days of entertainment and live music. The event is now firmly in the live music calendar for not just Lancashire but the North West and beyond. We had so many wonderful comments from people, from many different towns and cities, who came to enjoy the unique music event.

Chorley Live 2018
Youth Zone Chorley Live Photo: Paul Heyes

“Events like this are just one of the many things we’re doing to improve our town centre and make it a place people want to come and visit on a regular basis.

“It’s given a real boost to the night-time economy and it is so great to see how people can come together and enjoy what Chorley has to offer.”

The event saw members of the community come together with both businesses and performers positively shocked by the turn out as visitors enjoyed the array of entertainment on offer. Many reported that once again it was the busiest weekend of the year with visitors having to queue at some of the venues.

Chorley Live 2018
Anytime Fitness Celia and Duncan. Photo: Paul Heyes

Nigel Stewart, of The Creative Network, and who created the ‘Live’ concept said he was overwhelmed by the success of this year’s event.

“To have so many people coming into Chorley town centre over two nights is just amazing,” he said.

“Each year succeeds the last and I must pay tribute to the team of volunteers, the performers and the venues who all work tremendously hard to make the event happen.  The acts were again of a terrific standard and it’s just mind-blowing what we could achieve in future years.”



Chorley LIVE is a finalist in the Small Event Award category of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2018  #LTA18

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