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The premier regional music event in Staffordshire returns to Newcastle-under-Lyme

Artists from across the county are back in the spotlight for Lymelight 2023. The 3-day festival takes place on 28,29 & 30th April, celebrating the best local talent whilst providing free entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

Founded in 2013, Lymelight Festival has seen hundreds of local bands perform in the town center and Newcastle-under-Lyme BID, supported by PH Productions, are pleased to be bringing the very best local talent from across the county back into the Lymelight for the tenth year running.

Lucas Yeomans, Radio Presenter commented:

“Lymelight Festival has become a staple part of the local music scene, it’s helped artists build relationships with each other but also allowed them the platform to be discovered by presenters like myself, which gives them a pathway to getting radio airplay and a continuous chance to grow their audience. It’s become a festival synonymous with the bank holiday weekend and brings a great amount of footfall to the town centre. Festivals like this are essential for the community and helping to build Staffordshire’s presence beyond its own patch.”

Over 40 bands are set to perform across the weekend across 2 outdoor stages in the town centre and throughout town centre bars during the evening. A variety of food and drink vendors will also be on offer aswell as an Artisan Market held on the Sunday

The announcement of Lymelight is great news for the local music scene following recent rumours of possible changes to regional music programme, BBC Introducing. BBC Introducing transmits across the UK, giving local musicians the chance to show off their skills to a larger audience. The music business has voiced worry about the potential effects that the show’s cancellation might have on regional music scenes and about the limited opportunities for identifying up-and-coming talent in a sector that is already difficult. Events like Lymelight, Your City Festival and Honey Box Live are crucial for preserving the performing space for artists and for fostering the growth of the already vibrant local music scene.

Peter Herbert, Director of PH Productions commented:

“Lymelight has an incredible heritage with almost 10 years of showcasing and supporting our local music scene. We are keen to build on that existing reputation this year, working with Lee Barber from the Underground Stoke, and supported by local music show, Honey Box Live, Lymelight 2023 is set to be the finest festival yet staging the best creative talent in Staffordshire.”

Organised by Newcastle-under-Lyme BID, the event is set to bring additional footfall into the town centre aswell as supporting the local town centre businesses and placing local music on the map.

If you would be interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Newcastle-under-Lyme BID at

To keep up to date with the latest Lymelight news and line up announcement please follow @lymelightfestival on social media


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