Following two years of cancellations, annual music event Lymelight Festival will be returning Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre for a weekend of free live local music on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May.

Founded in 2018, Lymelight Festival has seen over 600 local bands perform in the town centre and Newcastle-under-Lyme BID, supported by local events company BID Events, are pleased to bring the event back and put local music on the map as well as provide a weekend of free entertainment for people of all ages.

As well as music from over 20 live performers on the main stage including Stepping Lane, The Time Stealers, Behind the Moon and Bathtub that will be situated on the High Street outside the Guildhall, there will also be acoustic sessions held at nearby The Carlton and further live music at nearby bars including Wellers, The Crossways, Ten Green Bottles, The Cask Bar and Little Vic.

Music on the main stage on each day will begin from 10:45am with headliners performing on both days at 7pm, with the event coming to a close at 8pm.

There will also be a small children’s fun fair on both the Saturday and Sunday along with hot street food offerings and an onsite bar for those enjoying the live music. The Lymelight Festival celebrations on Sunday 1 st May tie in with the annual Staffordshire Day festivities that sees a a packed programme of events and activities that celebrate our beautiful, historic, and welcoming county.

Castle Artisan Market will be bringing along the best in makers, bakers and creators on Sunday May 1 st from 10am running up until 3pm.

Newcastle-under-Lyme BID and venues involved are excited to finally be able to put the much loved festival back on the map after two years of cancellations and uncertainty.

BID Manager Alex Taylor said: “The past two years has been a really difficult time for the hospitality industry and has meant two years of cancellations of Lymelight Festival. We’re delighted that the festival is to return to the town as it’s been a part of the local social calendar for over 8 years. We really hope the people of Newcastle-under-Lyme and beyond will support the event this year as we get back on our feet and bring much needed revenue back into the local venues so that they can begin to rebuild their businesses. The festival is always such a vibrant weekend of live music and is all about community and celebrating the incredible music scene in our local area.”

Adam Gray of BID Events added: “We are proud to be working with the Newcastle-under-Lyme BID team to bring the much-loved Lymelight Festival back following the pandemic. We look forward to seeing you all for a weekend of fantastic live music and entertainment.”

For those driving into the town centre, all council owned car parks will be free of charge on
Sunday 1st May. To find out more about Lymelight Festival including listings for the main stage, acoustic and around the town, visit

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