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Take your ‘hampers and champers’ to the Family Sunday Music Festival

by Steve Beasant on 5 August, 2011

James Taylor Quartet

Meridian Park Cleethorpes hosts the annual event on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.

Legendary jazz funk band the James Taylor Quartet will be headlining a full weekend of quality live music, taking place at Meridian Park, Cleethorpes on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 August.

Audiences are invited to take their ‘hampers and champers’ along to make a night of it when the Hammond-organ virtuoso appears as part of his band’s 25th anniversary tour, on Saturday 20.

One of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, Taylor leads this energetic and upbeat band which takes inspiration from 60s and 70s rare-groove style funk.

Gates will open at 6.30pm and there will be a bar available as well as support from popular local band the Supernormals.

Once the appetite has been whet, audiences are invited to return the next day to enjoy the Family Sunday Music Festival taking place from 12pm – 6pm, when there will be live music with a main stage and acoustic tent, a children’s activity tent, workshops, stalls and food.

Being organised by the Culture House, the weekend seeks tohost quality local, regional and national artists for both adult and family audiences.

Charlotte Bowen, of the Culture House said: ‘We’re really excited about hosting both the James Taylor Quartet and the Family Sunday festival. We want to bring something new and different with wide appeal to Meridian Park.

‘With so many festivals and music events happening around the country it’s only fitting that Cleethorpes – with all of its fantastic facilities – should be home to the same.

‘Also, with the loss of the classical concert we’re hoping that some of its previous attenders will take the opportunity to enjoy a fresh experience.

‘The James Taylor event is aimed at adults and there is a bar available. Family Sunday is for families and friends who want to enjoy a fun and relaxing day out. There’ll be a range of sounds, from folk to gypsy and from hip hop to ambient as well as workshops and other activities on the day.’

Charlotte added: ‘We’ve tried to make ticket prices affordable so that both events are financially accessible.’

Tickets to see James Taylor Quartet are £15 in advance but this also gives admission to Family Sunday.

‘This basically means that those with children or simply music lovers who’d like to see more bands can come back the next day for free,’ Charlotte explained.

Tickets to Family Sunday only are £5 for adults with under 16s going free. Book either by calling in to Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre or call them on (01472) 323111 or find out more and book on-line at

The council’s tourism grants pot has helped to fund the event.

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