• Darwen Live2023
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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, 27th & Sunday 28th May 2023. 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 – Headliners Toyah, Sleeper 2021 – Headliners Hoosiers, Shaun Riders Black Grape 2022 – Headliners Hot Chocolate, Johnny Hates Jazz      

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official Event Schedule


Time Bands Genre
12pm - 12:30pm Leah Haworth Folk-Indie
12:45pm - 1:25pm McNally Act Various
1:45pm - 2:20pm Body Water Rock
2:45pm - 3:25pm Kerrang’d Rock & Metal
3:45pm - 4:25pm Inciders Ska-Reggae
4:45pm - 5:25pm Kind Hearted Thieves Folk
5:45pm - 6:25pm Mercy Kelly Indie/Rock
6:45pm - 7:25pm Bonfire Radicals Folk
7:45pm - 8:25pm Lanterns Indie Dream Pop
8:45pm - 10pm The Blow Monkeys New Wave-Pop 
Time Bands Genre
11:30am - 12:30pm Darwen School of Music Showcase Various
12:45pm - 1:25pm Gvani Electric/Pop/Soul
1:45pm - 2:45pm Lyra Funk/Soul/Pop
2:45pm - 3.45pm This is War Funk/Punk/Rock
3.45pm - 4.25pm Rafters Punk/Rock
4.45pm - 5.25pm Kooky Pop/Rock/Disco
5.45pm - 6.25pm D-Kel and Los Bandidos Punk/Reggae/Indie/Rock/Rap
6.45pm - 7.25pm Design Rewind British Pop-Rock
7.45pm - 8.25pm Northern Soul Train Northern Soul
8.45pm - 10pm The View Indie/Rock
Time Bands Stages
1pm - 2.40pm Darwen School of Music Various
2.45pm - 3.15pm Chantelle Barrow -
3.15pm - 4pm Bluesman Mike Francis Blues
4pm - 4.30pm Denise Morgan -
4.30pm - 5.15pm My Little Universe -
5.15pm - 5.45pm Josh Semans -
5.45pm - 6.30pm Full Billy Indie
6.30pm - 7pm Janie B Skyeladder -
7pm - 8pm La Bamba -
Time Bands Genre
1pm - 2.40pm PR Music Showcase Various
2.45pm - 3.15pm Vienna Pop
3.15pm - 4pm DACA Student Band Various
4pm - 4.30pm DACA Acoustic Acoustic
4.30pm - 5.15pm Cold Fusion -
5.15pm - 5.45pm Lee Calvin -
5.45pm - 6.30pm Reckless Romance -
6.30pm - 7pm Jacob Reddy -
7pm - 8pm Blowjangles Ska/Reggae
Time Bands Genre
12.00 LUNATHUG Electronic
1pm - 2pm Sequoia Indie
2pm - 3pm Laura Mary Melodic
3pm - 4pm Moscow Cat Circus Pop/Soul/Funk
4pm - 5pm Mardigras Bombers Rock
5pm - 6pm The Mustard Melodic Punk Rock
6pm - 7pm Waltz Away British Pop
7pm - 8pm Boitoi Hardcore
8pm - 9pm Egos at the door Heavy Rock/Screamo
9pm - 10pm Shred Dibnah Rock
10pm - 11pm The Illicits Rock/Indie
11pm - 12pm Anhedonia Rock
12pm - Close Demented Disco House Disco
Time Bands Genre
12pm - 1pm Tommy Ball Country/Rhythm + Blues
1pm - 2pm Aussie Purser Indie Pop
2pm - 3pm NHK Acoustic Covers
3pm - 4pm Submariners Rock
4pm - 5pm Friends Of Our Youth Rock + Roll
5pm - 6pm Kindles Indie/Rock
6pm - 7pm Razorrawks Electronic/Punk/Rap
7pm - 8pm Teri Birtwistle & band Country/Indie
8pm - 9pm Heavy Salad Funk/Rock/Electro-Pop
9pm - 10pm The Ruby Tuesdays ALT-ROCK
10pm - 11pm Sky Valley Mistress Rock
11pm - Close DJ Risqué & James Sennecké Disco/Funk/Old-Skool/House

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 all the areas’ pages via the links on the right. 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 • The Taps Bar • The Bank Bar • The Bridgewater 

Bees Knees • Bridge St Sports & Social • The Artisan • Cin Cin • The Olive Bar The Vault • Spitfire Sports bar • Level One L1VE • 303 Drinkery • Loom & Shuttle • The Cock • Bird inth Hand • The Function Room • The Park

 The Victoria • Darwen Tap • The Golden Cup • Numer 39

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