Sadie Pearson
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12 — 15 October 2023 Entrance is free — Visit now

Music and community celebrations are the name of the game at the all-new Oakfest in Accrington’s Oak Hill Park.

Nestled in the beautiful landscape of Pennine Lancashire, within easy reach of Manchester and Leeds, Oakfest boasts an impressive line-up for its first instalment, from emerging local artists to established greats.

Headlining are Greater Manchester’s own iconic post punk band A Certain Ratio, joined by critically acclaimed soul and R&B collective Lovescene. We’ll also hear from Acid Brass, who fuse dance anthems with traditional brass band music, cosmic electro-rockers HENGE, and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist La Voix. Fresh from MIF23, South Asian contemporary Desi artists such as HMD will cover R&B, hip hop and traditional South Asian music, plus we’ll hear contemporary soul from Danny Hassan and Luqy’s, and thought-provoker Kami Kane. There is alternative pop from Anamelia, Indie rock pop & folk by Martha and an energetic fusion of indie pop with folk influences by Joash. Essentially a huge mix of acts, with a little something for everyone!

There’ll also be plenty of activities to get involved with, spanning everything from art to dance. Keep an eye on Oakfest’s website for the latest scoop on that!


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