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Chorlton Arts Festival announces music line-up for May 2012

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Chorlton Arts Festival organisers are pleased to reveal details of the first confirmed live music acts for the event, scheduled to take place 17–27 May 2012.

This year’s Festival is shaping up to be an exciting and fresh celebration of gigs and performances taking place across 15 Chorlton venues, all within stumbling distance of each other, and will culminate in the Chorlton Weekender on 24–27 May.

Headliners include CHEW LIPS, who recently completed a second album after performing all over the world in 2011, including a scene-stealing appearance at the famous SXSW festival in Texas. Joining them will be THE HANDSOME FAMILY from the US and LANTERNS ON THE LAKE. All three will perform in the atmospheric surroundings of St Clement’s Church.

Also included in the Weekender will be a host of late-night performances, which will see the thoroughfares of Chorlton come alive with music. The event will feature over 100 of the best up-and-coming artists from the UK and abroad alongside seminal greats and some very special guests. Many more acts are yet to be confirmed, but so far the line-up includes: TREETOP FLYERS (UK), TINY RUINS (NZ), BIG DEAL (UK), BLIND ATLAS (UK), plus PABLO’S FINEST HOUR GIG NIGHT and SCRUFF OF THE NECK GIG NIGHT.

In addition to this year’s extraordinary live music line-up, Chorlton Arts Festival continues to develop its community focus, with many of the performers in the Festival coming from the local area. This year a group of young people will work to bring digital arts to the streets as part of the Festival’s outreach programme. There were a record number of submissions and the diverse events reflect this, with an exciting comedy night featuring some of the best talent in the region, an extensive visual arts programme, craft fairs, a writing competition and spoken word events, and performance theatre. Over half the events at this year’s Festival will be free entry and tickets for paid gigs and passes for Chorlton Weekender are now on sale.

Festival Director Philip Hannaway says: “Chorlton Arts Festival continues to go from strength to strength, and there have been more applications to be part of the Festival this year than ever before. The music line-up is one of the best you will find at any festival and helps us pay for all the free stuff. We’re really excited!”

For more information about the Festival and for details of how to purchase advance tickets, visit the website at www.chorltonartsfestival.com.