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Darwen Live

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Darwen Live

Darwen Live

Darren James By Darren James

Annual Free to attend Music Festival - 2020 dates 24th/25th May. Includes local and National unsigned talent plus several "headliners"

Darwen Idea stage

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The festival is now in it's 21st year and funding streams have all but dried up. We are looking for sponsorships / grants in order to continue what is now the UK's biggest free to attend festival with up to 15 venues getting involved and an estimated 30000 extra people visiting the town across the weekend. The festival is arranged and managed by 3 people and has also been nominated for several festival awards bioth in 2018 and this year 2019. The aim of the festival is to showcase local artists to people who wouldn't normally visit a pub to see live music. Also we include a "named" headliner - previously have included Billy Bragg, Peter Tork, Toyah, The Wonder Stuff, Sleeper and Paul Young. The festival is family friendly and open to all ages and includes as many genres of music as can be fitted in! Many of the local venues have said that Darwen Live weekend saves their business for at least the next six months of the year.

What we'll deliver:

  • A family friendly not for profit event
  • Support for local businesses
  • Entertainment for low income families

Why it's a great idea:

The festival attracts all ages and social economic classes. It is the major event that people in the town and surrounding areas look forward to and is a massive event for such a small town. It encourages community spirit and helps local businesses particulary food and drink survive in uncertain times.

Steps to get it done:

  • Dates confirmed for 2020


Location Darwen

About the space

Custom Location


Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £43,159

Headline Acts - £30,000 (70%)
stage / sound / lighting - £9,000 (21%)
Other - £4,159 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Headline Acts
stage / sound / lighting
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Increase the number of "headliners" or fund the following years event

Total £43,159

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