CAST and Space will be headlining Warrington Music Festival on Sunday, May 28 – and tickets are free.

It will be like a trip back to the 90s indie scene when the Liverpool bands take to the outdoor stage in front of more than 3,000 revellers at the Old Fish Market.

Radio X presenter and Inspiral Carpets keyboardist Clint Boon will also be doing a DJ set on the night.

Cast and Space will close the not-for-profit festival, now in its 10th year, after a full day of performances by emerging and unsigned Warrington and north west bands on Saturday, May 27.

Warrington Music Festival teamed up with Golden Square last year to secure the event's future after it was cancelled at the last minute in 2015.

Ian Cox, centre director of Golden Square, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Cast and Space will be playing at this year’s GS Music Festival.

"Both of the bands are touring again this year and we’re incredibly lucky and excited that they agreed to be a part of our free celebration of music.

“Last year’s event was brilliant, a really huge success.

"But we wanted to make this year’s even better and we’re excited that for 2017 we’re able to offer free entry.

"The fact that we’ve secured some of the area’s biggest names to perform underlines how committed we are to making this a weekend to remember.”

"We’ve played host to some great acts over the last few years, everyone from Happy Mondays and Reverend and the Makers to the Lightning Seeds.

“But to have giants like this – and all from our region too – is really a coup for us. This is going to be a banner year for the festival.”

Steve Oates has been involved with the festival since it launched in 2007.

He added: "I'm really pleased that, what was an idea over a pint of beer in a town centre pub 10 years ago has developed and grown in the way that it has.

"I think the festival is quite unique in its ethos and approach. Opportunity and development remain at the core of the event and alongside these two days of performances are hundreds of hours of inclusive music projects working in communities all across the town.  

"Its hard to believe that this is our 10th year. Everyone involved is proud of what has been achieved in this time and its a real testament to so many people's hard work that we've not just survived in difficult financial circumstances but continue to grow. 

"The continuous support by Ian and the Golden Square team has been fantastic.

"The main stage in the Old Market Place provides a high-quality professional platform for home-grown, regional and national emerging-talent to really shine.

"The early announcement of Sunday's lineup shows how keen they are to move the event further forward again this year.

"It's great being in January knowing that logistically and financially the main stage is sorted for the whole weekend. As a result, we can dedicate more time and effort involving more partner organisations and opening up different performance opportunities within local venues and spaces."

Ok, let's face it. It's been a while since Cast and Space's 90s need a reminder who they are?


Formed in the early 90s, Cast, who performed at V Festival at Victoria Park in 1996, have released five studio albums.

Their debut All Change became the biggest-selling debut of all time for Polydor Records, and their second album Mother Nature Calls also went platinum.

More than a decade after disbanding in 2001, the original line-up of frontman John Power, lead guitarist Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson, bassist Pete Wilkinson and drummer Keith O’Neill reunited for the acclaimed Troubled Times in 2012.


Also from Liverpool, Space enjoyed huge success in the mid-90s with their singles Neighbourhood and Female of the Species securing them chart success and ensuring albums Spiders and 1998’s Tin Planet were big sellers.

The four-piece were also well known for teaming up with Cerys Matthews for The Ballad of Tom Jones which they performed for Jools Holland's New Year's Eve Hootenanny.

Reuniting in 2011 after a few years apart, the band have been recording and performing at festivals across the country.

Warrington Music Festival is one of their first live dates of the year.

Further details on Warrington Music Festival – including admissions and other performers – will be announced in the coming weeks.