What a great Guy! Elbow frontman Guy Garvey heads back home

These days you can really tell when a music act has reached legendary status when they appear on the bill at the Lytham Festival.

After a three year hiatus due to the pandemic, it is back, bigger and better than ever, with 10 nights of entertainment on the Fylde coast.

This year's line up include the likes of Diana Ross, Snow Patrol, The Strokes, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran and Alison Moyet.

Plus there's more North West acts than ever before with Simply red, Lisa Stansfield and the Charlatans all joining the festival this summer.

Guy Garvey, frontman of Elbow, talks to Caroline Whitmore about playing the Lytham Festival Credit: PA images

The festival is set to bring a great North West favourite back to us - Elbow, from Bury.

They have been together for 25 years now but this is the first time playing Lytham festival.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore caught up with frontman Guy Garvey.

"It feels like a long time. When we got together to make the last record, we'd not seen each other for ages because of the pandemic", Guy said.

"We all sat down ready to record together and everybody pulled out their bifocals", he laughs.

"Yeah, it's going to be great. We're playing on the seafront pretty much as the sun goes down."

Elbow's most recent album, Flying Dream 1, has a real North West feel to it and takes them back to their roots. 

He said: "Yeah it's a love song to the north, to Prestwich, where I lived for many years and went to school.

"I mention Burnley and Nelson and Colne" he recalls. "I used to go to my grandmother's in Colne on a Sunday."

Elbow Credit: PA images

As Elbow are used to creating crowd pleasing anthems, it has been suggested Eurovision could be calling for the band next year.

"Never say never", Guys laughs.

"I couldn't though I'm too much of a fan. I think this is sacrilege but I honesty think Graham Norton is better at it than Terry Wogan- I sit there on my sofa watching it."

Well we can't wait to see you on the line up at Lytham

"Yeah it's going to be great. So it's going to be lots of northern crooning, charm and happiness!"

Elbow are on the line up in Lytham on Thursday, 7 July.

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