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West Fest to bring carnival atmosphere back to town this weekend (From St Helens Star)

MORE than 50 musical acts will have town centre venues bouncing for the Westfield Street music festival this Sunday.

The event, sponsored by Luxor Estates, will see 16 bars and pubs on Westfield Street, as well as Imperial Bar on Ormskirk Street and The Running Horses on Water Street, opened to music lovers and families for an afternoon of live music performed by solo acts and groups from across the town and region.

Since its establishment in 2014, the festival has grown each year to provide one of the summer highlights of the town’s calendar.

This year’s festival has received the backing of comedian Johnny Vegas and Linzi Prescott.

Among the entertainment on offer will be four-piece reggae band Jeramiah Ferrari from 2.30pm at Zoo Bar, who mix reggae, rock, ska, punk, and more to create a Bob Marley-influenced sound but with a distinctive character to call their own.

Other acts to look out for include Aimee Critchley, a former Pride of St Helens winner who is on in Westfields at 2.30pm and Jack bennett, of Stillia, will be in Kandy Klub from 1.30pm.

And young Sutton Leach band The Patriots will be at Insomnia Bar from 5pm.

See a full list of acts and times here:

St Helens Star:

Meanwhile, new to this year’s event will be a giant puppet parade through Westfield Street at 3pm from Brouhaha which is sure to create a carnival feel while Brazilian drumming troupe, Katumba, will return.

And in Water Street, Jamm Studios will have a stage set up outside St Helens College for local music students to perform – and visitors can grab a bite to eat by visiting a street-food festival.

“It is something that is now an important part of the town centre calendar and based on the success of the previous three years we are looking to yet another fantastic day on Sunday,” said town centre manager Gary Maddock.

“To have that local representation is hugely important for us to showcase local talent. Early indications are we will have huge crowds at the venues coming not just from St Helens but from the surrounding areas.

“The event has grown and grown each year and it’s now become a key part of the town centre events programme.”

Organiser Paul Griffiths said: “Westfield Street Festival is a celebration of our music, arts and cultural heritage and has grown and grown every year since it first started in 2014.

“That pattern is set to continue this year, with so many great acts confirmed for people of all ages to enjoy.

“We look forward to welcoming these people into our town centre for what promises to be a great occasion.”

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