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Salford town to host live music festival for 2nd year

Irlam Live will be happening this summer Photo: Irlam Live

Prince’s Park, Salford is now home to what organiser’s describe as “a boutique music festival”, also known as Irlam Live.

Taking place from Friday 2 June to Sunday 4 June, Headline acts include Jason Donovan, Alexander O’Neal and Odyssey.

The weekend will consist of ‘Legends Friday’, ‘Soulfest Saturday’, and ‘Retro Sunday’ with up to 5,000 visitors per day finishing at 9pm each night.

Toyah Wilcox is set to perform and Bob Marley’s Wailers will also be flying in from Jamaica!

Organiser and co-founder Darren Goulden, said:

Nothing’s been done like this before. This has truly put Irlam on the map. It’s so humbling and surreal.

If you came last year then you know what to expect. We’ve organized the weather- all you need to do is bring your own camping chairs with a cup holder on each side, sit back and enjoy.

We’ve got world-class food at affordable prices and world-class artists. This year our aim is to absolutely smash it.

– Organiser and co-founder Darren Goulden

The New York Brass Band who have previously performed at Parklife will also be there, as well as award winning theatre company Manchester Musical Youth.

Irlam singer and musician, Jess Kemp, 22, said:

I’m very excited to be added to the line up of Irlam Live 2017.

I honestly can’t wait to take to the stage with my band and play alongside absolute legends.

It’s definitely going to be one to remember!

– Jess Kemp

Darren Goulden, 49, Phil Brookes, 54, and Sam Butterworth, 23, are all from Irlam and founded the event.

In 2015, tired of seeing the park’s amphitheatre not being used to its full potential, they decided to try and put on a festival dedicated to tribute acts, specialty beer and food.

One year later they experienced unimaginable success.

More than 8000 people turned out to party last year when Tony Hadley, Billy Ocean and Bay City Rollers performed.

This year the music-loving trio aim to put on an even bigger and better event.

The event has provided a real community spirit.

Local football club, Irlam Vale has even been sponsored by the event and now bears the Irlam Live logo on its shirts.

The three founders have organised everything themselves including car parking and security.

Last year they say there were no problems, no fights and no drunkenness- something that they definitely want to be repeated.

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