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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Headline acts revealed for Maryport Blues Fesitval

Organisers of one of Cumbria’s remaining festivals have pledged to continue running as it announces its headline acts for next year.

Eric Sardinas photo
Eric Sardinas

Traditionally the artists performing at Maryport Blues Festival are not announced until April or May, but Debra Park admitted a lot of work has gone into securing this year’s acts and so they thought “why not” announce them now.

Topping the bill on Friday will be Eric Sardinas, Coco Montoya will headline the Saturday night, and the Sunday night top slot will be filled by Danny Bryant.

There will also be performances from Javier Vargas, Ryan McGarry and Layla Zoe.

Despite the excitement already building ahead of next year’s festival – the 16th – Debra admitted it is tinged with sadness following the news that Solfest and Cockrock will not go ahead next year.

“The other festival organisers were our friends, because we all covered different genres,” she explained.

“Cumbria hasn’t got a lot else in terms of music and it needs its festivals.

“Two years ago we had to downsize, get rid of the marquee and host the main stage in the Wave centre. If we hadn’t taken that decision we wouldn’t have survived.”

For Debra, the key to their continuing success is teamwork.

She explained: “It’s a real family affair: there’s me, my husband and my sister on the committee. My son is 16 and wanting to get involved and we have a compound on my father-in-law’s farm where we store all our gear.

“It is a way of life for us now, and we are just so pleased we can still put it on.”

The festival is from July 25-27. Tickets go on sale in January.

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