FAB time in store at Middlewich

MIDDLEWICH FAB Festival is set to make a splash hit with the boating community after securing a special partnership with the UK’s number one read for waterways users.

Organisers of the popular folk and boat festival have teamed up with Towpath Talkas they plan to make this year’s event the ‘biggest and best yet’.

Taking place June 13-16, the Town Council-organised festival has become the most popular event on Middlewich’s social calendar, attracting music-lovers and boaters from across the country.

A popular feature is the floating market with brightly-coloured boats selling everything from cakes and crafts to ironwork and paintings.

Visitors will have a chance to meet representatives from Towpath Talkover the weekend.

Middlewich Town Council events manager Dave Thompson said: “This will be our 29th festival and every year we aim to build on the success of the last event and make it the best we can offer to showcase our fabuloustown and its waterways. 

“There’s been considerable interest from the boating community this year after the repair works to the Shropshire Union.

“The boats add a wonderfully colourful and vibrant dimension to the festival with a floating market stretching from Town Bridge to the Big Lock – a real spectacle in itself. 

“The partnership with Towpath Talkis a perfect fit with our commitment to promoting Middlewich’s canal heritage and natural assets.” 

There’s a fantastic line-up of star musical entertainment including chart-topping Dancing in the Moonlight band Toploader and 70s pop legends Showaddywaddy.  

Toploader will have everyone up and ‘dancing in the moonlight’.

Also set to wow the crowds is acclaimed singer-songwriter Emma Stevens, electro swing band Electric Swing Circus and Macclesfield-based rock duo The Virginmarys, who sell out venues up and down the country. 

Once again, the festival will feature a host of entertainment at fringe venues in and around Middlewich. 

Early bird tickets are on sale for the headline concert on Friday night and new this year is a special £10 ticket for Middlewich residents. 

Dave added: “This year the Main Stage will feature more folk less rock in an effort to get back to our roots as a folk and boat festival. However we couldn’t resist the opportunity to offer something special on the Saturday night – Showaddywaddy, a household name and great fun. Even better, there’s free admission.” 

Something special – Showaddywaddy.

Organisers say plans are well advanced for another massive crowd-puller putting Middlewich on the map as a tourist destination boasting three canals –Shropshire Union, Trent and Mersey, and Wardle, the shortest in the UK at 154ft. 

The FAB line-up is being updated daily.

Friday’s Main Stage ticketed concert offers a triple bill of Toploader, Emma Stevens and The Virginmarys. Sunday includes an eclectic treat of music-makers from Mexico, Russia, and Wigan! 

Official FAB Fringe venues this year are The Big Lock, Boars Head Hotel, Cheshire Cheese, The Kinderton, The Kings Lock, The Narrowboat, Newton Brewery Inn and The White Bear.   

For more information on the folk and boat festival programme and how to apply for residents’ discounted tickets see social media ‘Middlewich FAB Festival’ or visit www.fabfestival.co.uk