Our first ever music festival comes to Florence Arts Centre on Saturday 19 August, featuring great live music, family fun and sunshine... tickets are on sale now for FloFest 2017.
Tickets: £5 standard
Ages 10-17: £3
Under 10s: FREE
Under 10s do not need a ticket
All under-16s must be accompanied by an adult**
We recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid queueing at the gate. Gates open at 1.30pm. Your wristband allows re-entry to the site and must be worn at all times when at the event.
PARKING: please note that there will be no parking at the Florence Mine site for this event. Please park in Egremont and walk to Florence - you can cut through the lonning "Little Mill" opposite the petrol station on Vale View. There is on-road parking on Vale View, Bridge End Industrial Estate and the top road off St Thomas Cross Roundabout (to Wilton). Please park respectfully to allow local residents' access.
The TwentySix are a Post-Punk band hailing from the ever-sunny West Cumbria, UK. The band consist of Paul Shepherd (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Harrison Bell (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Barry Martin (Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals), and Dan Cassidy (Drums/Backing Vocals). The Band include a wide range of material in their setlist, covering a range of genres, whilst also including a number of originals which take the forefront of any performance.
Better known as the voice of the Mel Kinsella Soul Band and blues band Ezili Dantor, Mel began her career at the tender age of 5 years. Through church, she quickly developed her vocal talent and became a member of a female Gospel group, touring Gospel Churches thoughout the UK.
Her move into secular music came about in 1998 by pure chance with an appearance on the popular Saturday night show 'Stars in their eyes', hosted by Matthew Kelly. Following this appearance she chose to develop her own profile by singing as a solo artiste. Mel continues to captivate audiences wherever she performs with her soulful style of Rhythm & Blues, bringing great songs from the golden era of soul to life.
Springfield are a Whitehaven based, indie/alternative band formed in the early months of 2016. Made up of four members, Drummer Mitchell, Bassist Ben and Pritchard twins Lewis and Rhys which make up the guitar section of the band. Springfield began playing a range of covers and taking inspiration in their song writing from artists such as Two Door Cinema Club and Catfish and the Bottlemen. After gigging solidly in Whitehaven and the surrounding areas during 2016, the band decided it was time to incorporate their original music into their sets. Springfield then recorded their first single titled “December”. BBC radio Cumbria picked up on the track after submission and it has had numerous airplays. They have since submitted more tracks and gained airplay through the BBC introducing system. The band are continuing to write and create music into 2017 with the hopes of branching out even further across the country to play more shows, because ultimately, it is their combined love for what they do which they gather their upbeat, melodic energy from.
Born and raised in West Cumbria, Caitlin has enjoyed singing for people since she was only a few years old. Now aged 17 - in recent years she has taught herself to play guitar to perform acoustic versions of the songs by the wide range of artists that have influenced her. From Michael Jackson to Nirvana. From Green Day to Bette Midler – nothing is out of bounds.
James Wilson, 18, is a singer/songwriter from Calderbridge Cumbria, covers music old and new such as The Stone Roses, Oasis, The Jam, The Courteeners... plus many others. James is heading to Sheffield Hallam University in September hoping to develop a larger interest for music and gain new opportunities for performing and gigging.
James Grearson, one of Cumbria's hottest up and coming DJs makes his long awaited return to Florence Arts Centre. Playing a huge mix of pop, house and chart classics ensuring something for all ages. After securing a residency at Whitehaven's Studio Bar James has honed his practice with the addition of plenty of new material! Definitely one you will want to see!
Sophia Brenan is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from St Bees, who is currently studying at London College of Music and has recently formed a band named New Age Thrills; their material can be found on YouTube and other streaming services such as iTunes. She accompanies herself on the piano and guitar and particularly loves to play her own material.
The story is just beginning for Zoe following the release of her debut album Fairytales, which featured her first single Sleep Talking and popular tracks such as Treading Water and I Love Us. The title track of the album received excellent reviews and support from many publications and continues to receive airtime on BBC Introducing. Treading Water was selected as BBC Radio Cumbria’s Track Of The Week following the release of the album.
Zoe began as a poet aged 8, but her experiences during her teens led her to begin song writing; telling stories of her identity development and all of the heartbreak, trouble, fun and drama that comes with it. As she matured, so did her life experiences, which led to Fairytales. The album explored an eclectic mix of genres, however, as she explored these genres Zoe discovered a passion for country music through writing her song Lipstick and Pout. Zoe has continued to refine her song-writing skills, which has led her to this point. At 23, Zoe is writing new material with a country-pop-rock feel. She continues to write her stories and using her lyrics to share these stories for audiences to relate to. “I’m excited to share new songs and tell new stories. When I’m writing, I want to reach people and make people relate, thinking ‘this song was written about my life!’ I just want to create music that matters. I can’t wait to share my new songs with you all soon and hope you love them as much as I do.” Zoe’s music can be found at www.zoemusic.co.uk