23rd April 2009, 11:08am
Exciting new festival lined up for Lincoln’s music lovers
Exciting new festival lined up for Lincoln’s music lovers Lincoln will throw open its gates to musicians from around the world as a brand new music festival arrives in the city.

The inaugural Love Lincoln/ Love Music weekend – a collaboration between the Lincoln Drill Hall and the University of Lincoln’s Engine Shed and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) - will take place from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May 2009.

The festival will see an eclectic mix of live acts from all realms of the musical world descend on the city for a weekend of live music and entertainment.  Hosted over three of Lincoln’s finest live music venues, the weekend will cater for all manner of musical tastes.

The LPAC, on the University’s Brayford campus, will stage the opening event on Friday 1 May, a concert by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. This all-singing and all-dancing group maintain that all genres of music are open to interpretation and their repertoire certainly proves this. From Mozart to Nirvana, the orchestra is an attraction not to be missed.

The Drill Hall, on Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, will play host to Harare, a Zimbabwean dance band on Saturday 2 May and The Yiddish Song Project on Sunday 3 May. Harare was formed by musicians from the heart of Zimbabwean urban music and is led by the highly energetic Kudaushe Matimba. This promises to be fantastic evening of high energy African dance music.  By contrast, the Yiddish Song Project (vocalist Stephanie Brickman and pianist / accordionist Phil Alexander) brings the haunting beauty of Yiddish song to new audiences, even adding some new compositions into the mix.

The Engine Shed will stage some very different events across the weekend. On Friday 1 May Moda - Lincoln’s finest dance brand export – presents BBC Radio One’s Pete Tong. With a line-up also featuring Kissy Sell Out and a live set from Chew Lips, this event will showcase exactly why Moda will be heading to the Balearic Isles for the summer.

Sunday 3 May sees the festival close with an open mic and acoustic evening at the Engine Shed, offering a stage to local talent and the chance for unknowns to be discovered.

Victoria Simpson, Events and Marketing Manager at the Engine Shed, said: “One of the great things about a multi-venue festival is that it allows us to provide a plethora of events and performers that conventionally you would never see in Lincoln.”

Simon Hollingworth, Manager of the Lincoln Drill Hall, said: “It is great to be able to get together with other local venues and promote a really broad range of high quality events across the city of Lincoln.  We hope that as this weekend develops in the future we can include more venues and more artists”.

For more information on all the events and to find out how to get tickets, visit www.lovelincolnlovemusic.co.uk. Alternatively, phone the Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office on 01522 837894 or the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office on 0844 888 4414.
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