• Darwen Live2024

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the uk's biggest free musIC  festival!   


Darwen Live is a FREE annual music festival across the May Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday, 25th & Sunday 26th May 2024. The main stage is on Darwen Market Square. Darwen Library Theatre and other venues around the town centre will also host live music & other acts.

Previous mainstage headliners

2020 | Toyah, Sleeper 2021 | Hoosiers, Shaun Riders Black Grape 2022 | Hot Chocolate, Johnny Hates Jazz 2023 | The View, The Blow Monkeys 2024 | Tunde (The Lighthouse Family), Echobelly       

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official Event Schedule


Time Bands Genre
12pm - 12:40pm La Bamba Classic Rock 'N' Roll
12:45pm - 1:25pm Reckless Romance Popular Covers
2:10pm - 1:30pm Jacob Reddy Indie
2:15pm - 2:55pm Amy Jo Country
3:00pm - 3:55pm English Outback Indie Rock
4:00pm - 4:55pm Fuzzbox Pop
5:00pm - 5:55pm Spriggan Mist Folk
6:00pm - 6:55pm Essex County Americana
7:00pm - 8:25pm Eddie and the Hot Rods Punk
8:30pm - 10pm Tunde - Lighthouse Family Pop/Soul 
Time Bands Genre
12:00am - 12:40pm Rudeboyz Ska/Reggae
12:45pm - 1:25pm PJM Hip-Hop/Rap
1:30pm - 2:10pm Full Billy Inide
2:15pm - 2.50pm CCaprice Pop
3.00pm - 3.55pm Nerve Agents Metalcore
4.00pm - 4.55pm Pretty Shiver Pop/Indie
5.00pm - 5.55pm Merry Hell Folk-Pop
6.00pm - 6.55pm The Jets Rock 'N' Roll
7.00pm - 8.25pm Kevin Davey White Pop/Funk
8.45pm - 10pm Echobelly Indie/Britpop
Time Bands Stage
1pm - 2.45pm Darwen School of Music Auditorium Stage
2.45pm - 3.15pm Vienna Acoustic Stage
3.15pm - 4pm Cadaver Beach Auditorium Stage
4pm - 4.30pm Come to Tower Acoustic Stage
4.30pm - 5.15pm Body Water Auditorium Stage
5.15pm - 5.45pm Nigel Clegg Acoustic Stage
5.45pm - 6.30pm Monkey Men Auditorium Stage
6.30pm - 7pm Joe Doonan Acoustic Stage
7pm - 8pm Aquostic Auditorium Stage
Time Bands Stage
1pm - 2.40pm PR Music Showcase Auditorium Stage
2.45pm - 3.15pm Rachel Toner Acoustic Stage
3.15pm - 4pm DACA Student Band Auditorium Stage
4pm - 4.30pm Seana Baker Acoustic Stage
4.30pm - 5.15pm Cold Fusion Auditorium Stage
5.15pm - 5.45pm Q Acoustic Stage
5.45pm - 6.30pm Janie B Skyeladder Auditorium Stage
6.30pm - 7pm Cormac Thompson Acoustic Stage
7pm - 8pm Free From The Wild Auditorium Stage
Time Bands Stage
12.00 Celebratory Cake Indoor
1pm - 2pm Doug Livesey Indoor
2pm - 3pm Boi Toi Indoor
2pm - 3pm Infared Takeoever - Infared Outdoor Carpark
3pm - 4pm Nerve Agents Indoor
3pm - 4pm Infared Takeoever - Recoyle Outdoor Carpark
4pm - 5pm Blagged Indoor
4pm - 5pm Infared Takeoever - Hartland b2b Jamie Harrison Outdoor Carpark
5pm - 6pm The Surellas Indoor
5pm - 6pm Infared Takeoever - Michael Conroy (Koda Recordings) b2b Amber Graham ft. Claudia Thompson + Tashie Tones Outdoor Carpark
6pm - 7pm Anhedonia Indoor
6:30pm - 7:30pm Infared Takeoever - Bertos Outdoor Carpark
7pm - 6pm Bright Town Indoor
7:30pm - 9pm Infared Takeoever - Kollektiv Outdoor Carpark
8:00pm - 9pm Tommy Ball Indoor
9pm - Late Infared Takeoever - DMC Outdoor Carpark
9pm - 10pm Stil Life Indoor
10pm - 11pm Sky Valley Mistress Indoor
11pm - 12pm Dj Risqué Indoor
12pm - Close Demented Disco Indoor
Time Bands Stage
12pm - 1pm Pre-Empted Indoor
1pm - 2pm Kurt Paterson Indoor
2pm - 3pm Submariners Indoor
2pm - 3pm Lasyen Outdoor Carpark
3pm - 4pm I Create Deathrays Indoor
3pm - 4pm Entropy Outdoor Carparkk
4pm - 5pm Naut Indoor
4pm - 5pm LRN Outdoor Carpark
5pm - 6pm British Birds Indoor
5pm - 6pm Dylan Purser Outdoor Carpark
6pm - 7pm Brother Indoor
6pm - 7pm WAVES Outdoor Carpark
7pm - 8pm Laura Mary Indoor
7pm - 8pm B-HIND Outdoor Carpark
8pm - 9pm Egos At The Door Indoor
8pm - 9pm Stil Life (DJ Set) Outdoor Carpark
9pm - 10pm The Rafters Indoor
9pm - Late Fryett Outdoor Carpark
10pm - 11pm The Illicits Indoor
11pm - Close Demented Disco Indoor

A weekend full of free music!

Because while the Mainstage will always provide the Festival’s most high profile attractions, a lot of the best experiences are to be found out on the outskirts, and the venues where you least expect them. To aid you in your voyage of discovery, check out our OFFICIAL brochure. But, if in doubt, just have a wander!

supporting venues across town 

Check out below our supported music venues situated across town which will be showing FREE LIVE MUSIC during the bank-holiday weekend !

  • A good well organised music festival suitable for the whole family and it's all free!! not many things are these days.

    Sara Bradyfacebook
  • Lovely atmosphere, beautiful lights. just enough fireworks without going overboard!

    David Morenofacebook
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venues & pubs

Here's some more venues participating in ths years event. Each venue will be showcasing acts throughout the weekend!  


The Old Chapel • Tiki Taps • The Bridgewater 

Bees Knees • Bridge St Sports & Social • The Artisan • Cin Cin  

The Vault • Spitfire Sports bar • Level One L1VE • Number 39 

  Loom & Shuttle • The Cock • Bird inth Hand • The Sound Lounge The Craven Hiefer • The Crown


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