BLMT provided funding towards the Lancaster Music Festival to boost the opportunities available for Lancaster and Morecambe’s young musicians. The funding helped the aspiring acts to develop their talents and battle it out for a prime time slot at the city’s annual music festival. A final on stage at The Grand Theatre was the culmination of an audition process and four months of mentoring by Lancaster based Limelight Music Studio.

“What a fantastic night of music and performance! “Lancaster Music Festival is all about promoting the Lancaster music scene so we’re really proud to have been so actively involved in nurturing such great new talent via this competition.

“Particular thanks go to the Banks Lyon Memorial Trust whose funding made this possible. It’s been a great example of community organisations and businesses working together in Lancaster. All four acts will be performing at LMF and we’re sure that festival goers will enjoy what they see and hear.”

Stuart Marshall, director of Lancaster Music Festival (From The Lancaster Guardian, 10/9/19)

The final four acts – Gloria, Charlotte Ryan, Lidocaine, and Leopard Stripes – played short sets of original music to a packed out theatre, as well as four judges who decided on a winner using a point scoring system. Winning band Gloria went on to support Lancaster Music headliners Lowes in the Festival. The other three acts also performed in the music festival weekend.

“We are still somewhat shocked and on a high but we need to thank the wonderful people at Limelight Music Studio for all their efforts to make last night possible, you are incredible. Also a massive thanks to the brilliant staff at the Lancaster Grand. Finally a huge thanks to the judges, the organizers of Lancaster Music Festival and the great guys at Beyond Radio. We couldn’t have done it without you. I suppose the biggest thanks goes to you beautiful people that came and had it with us last night, you were fantastic. To us this is what it’s all about. There’s plenty of exciting news in the pipeline, we’ll keep you updated.”

Austin Woodcock, Will Eagles, Jonny Proctor and Evan Butcher of Gloria (From The Lancaster Guardian, 10/9/19)

Gloria – winners of Lancaster Music Festival’s Search for a Star. Photo by Chris Baines.