ORGANISERS are gearing up for Ellesmere’s second music festival this weekend.
Ellesmere Music Festival is being held at the town’s market hall from 11.30am on July 12 until 6pm and then moves to The Boathouse for outdoor performances by the mere from 7.30pm.
The first festival, held last year, was a big success and attracted more than 500 people to listen to the folk and contemporary-style music.
This year organisers say the festival brings a more relaxed ambience, including acapella, blues, big band, swing, tango and Cajun zydeco.
Performances come from bands including The Ukey Monster, Mary And The Mudlarks, The Mere Singers, Ceilidh with 5 speed box and dance caller Hilary Evans, Zydeco Boogaloo, Bob Stills Blues Sensation and The Rip Roaring Success.
Ellesmere-based trio Not Completely Blonde will also be performing.
The festival is a donation-funded event and entry is free as a result of support from local businesses and the town’s chamber of commerce.
Organiser Ian Andrew said: “This year’s festival is certainly more diversified than the last one. We have changed a few things for this year, including holding the night event at The Boathouse. It seemed a beautiful setting in Ellesmere and the new stage by the mere made a perfect place for the performances as the mere will be the backdrop.
“It’s a really nice way of using what the town has to offer.”
Aliana Chambers, Beth Jones and Fiona MacKellar of Not Completely Blonde said: “We're so privileged and excited to be a part of the Ellesmere Music Festival as it’s great to be able to showcase our music in our home town, there’s so much talent in this area and it’s great to be able to show it off by having a festival like this one.
"It was great fun last year and we're sure it’ll be even better this time around.”