Sale music and art festival set to be a big hit

By Gary Shaw

The first Sale Music and Art Festival (SM&RT) takes place at the historic Jackson’s Boat on the banks of the River Mersey today, with organisers hoping it will become an annual event.

Featuring music, art and entertainment throughout the day and night, the festival has attracted an eclectic mix of up and coming and established bands from all over the country, as well as local traders, community and youth groups.

Organiser Phil Platt of Rocket Jam Promotions is hopeful that after a smaller, taster event in June, SM&RT will really take off, particularly as local community groups are keen to play their part in promoting and enhancing the festival.

He said: “It started as just a small gig for me in June, but its really snowballed since then and, with the help of groups such as Sale Community Panel and Sale Moor Community Partnership (SMCP) who have funded it and are helping to sell tickets, I am hopeful it can get even bigger and more popular, maybe even becoming a three-day festival in the future.”

As well as showcasing music from different genres the daytime event from 12:30 – 5:00pm, will also feature various art projects from SMCP as well as a market, children’s entertainment and information stalls run by local community groups. The price of admission for the afternoon is just £2.00 with children admitted free.

The evening’s entertainment will start at around 6:30pm and will feature live bands and artists right up until midnight.

Adding that the area has been badly served by events of this type, Phil said: “There isn’t really anything like this in Sale during the summer. Apart from the waterparks and Chorlton which is across the river anyway, the area was crying out for it.”

Advance tickets for the day and evening event are just £7:50. On the night the admission fee will be £10:00, children £5:00.

For more details and to purchase tickets call 0161-962 3636 or visit SMCP at 359 Norris Road, Sale Moor.

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