flats and sharps - fundraiser for new mills festival

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Flats and Sharps bring their unique blend of bluegrass, pop country, and folk to New Mills on 25 May 2018 at St. George’s Church in support of the New Mills Festival.

Hailing from Cornwall, in the South West of England, Flats and Sharps are gaining recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as renditions of bluegrass classics. These five incredible young musicians honed their skills in 350 live performances over nearly five years, charming and wowing audiences along the way. 

Their five track 'Always There' EP, released in June 2015, drew critical acclaim with R2 (Rock 'n' Reel) Magazine saying they were "destined for great things".  'Boat' and 'It's OK My Love' both picked up specialist and daytime UK radio play with the videos for these songs gaining traction on YouTube.

Prices are £13 early bird, £8 concessions, and £15 . Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. St. George’s Church is on Church Lane in New Mills (SK22 4NP).


Mr Wilson's & Friends - Raising Funds For MiHC

Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC), New Mills Festival and The Studios are very pleased to present Mr Wilson’s Second Liners live at The Butterfly House at The Torrs, New Mills for one crazy, fun packed night only – Saturday 7th April 2018. Doors open at 7.30pm. The gig will be raising funds for MiHC, a charity that brings interactive live music sessions to people who are receiving care or treatment, for an illness or disability, in healthcare settings across the UK. MiHC organises around 4,500 music sessions a year for people of all ages. 

Tickets, priced at £10 early bird; £7 concessions or £13 on the door are available from Priscilla’s Cards, Market St, New Mills, online at or tel: 07753842861 to reserve. But beware we don’t expect there to be many available on the night!

For ticket sales contact: Lyn Bannister tel: 07753842861 Press & Media contact: Jess Ingham | Director MiHC England (North) tel: 0161 232 8300

New Mills Festival Kicks Off Big Come Back Plan with First Festival Fundraiser

After a huge response from concerned members of the public volunteering to help get New Mills Festival on a firmer footing for the future we are very pleased to announce the first in a series of events and fundraisers for 2018 that will see the return of the full festival programme and Lantern Procession in 2019.

The Willows a folk band hailing from Cambridge, UK.  “…straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way…” Mike Harding Folk Show "...Absolutely gorgeous sound, a lovely album..." Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 "... a breath of fresh air to the folk music community...  "Maverick Magazine "…outstanding!" The Telegraph, With stories at the heart of the music and the band equally at home with pin-drop intimacy as they are invigorating foot-stompers.

Press & Media contact: Lyn Bannister tel: 07753842861

New Mills Festival will return next year as ‘New Mills Festival Fringe’


We're pleased to announce that New Mills Festival will be back again next year despite the organising committee initially thinking that they would have to cancel the event. The festival however, will not feature some of the bigger events, such as the Lantern Procession or Arts Trail. Lyn Bannister, chairman of the Festival Committee, explained that “the Festival is run by a small group of volunteers who felt they couldn’t run the full Festival for another year without more help. In addition, it costs a considerable amount of money to put on, which all comes from fundraising, and due to additional costs this year, we have little money left in the bank to help pay for next year’s Festival”. As such, Lyn outlined that “the Committee had to discuss cancelling next year’s Festival, with the hope of bringing it back for 2019”. A number of new volunteers, however, have come forward and, following discussions, the committee decided that it would be possible to arrange a festival in 2018, although due to limited finance and the need for more assistance, the Festival would have to be run in a slightly different way, without some of the bigger events. Lyn acknowledged that the lack of the lantern procession and arts trail will be a disappointment to many people but outlined that the Committee were pleased that more volunteers had come forward and, as such, they would still be able to work with all the local organisations who put on most of the events so as to enable a Festival to take place. The Festival Committee is, however, seeking additional volunteers, as each Festival event will not be able to go ahead unless there is sufficient manpower and finances to run it. In addition, although much of the cost of the festival is met through fundraising events, it is extremely challenging to raise the money required to put on the Festival. As such, the Committee would love to hear from any companies or organisations who would consider sponsoring or donating to the Festival, or assisting in any other way. Volunteers and interested parties can keep up to date with developments and also take part in discussions by joining the New Mills Festival Volunteers Group on Facebook. Requests can also be made to be added to the mailing list to receive minutes of the Festival Committee's monthly meetings. If you think you could assist or wish to volunteer, email or call Lyn on 07753 842861.



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