VICTORIA Park is currently being transformed into a festival site as the countdown to the second Neighbourhood Weekender begins.

The team at SJM Concerts are preparing the grounds for more than 50 artists on three stages and up to 25,000 revellers on both Saturday and Sunday.

Our photographer Dave Gillespie was invited on site on Tuesday to see how some of the work is unfolding, including building Stage 2, a big top that takes two days to erect.

More than 1,000 people will have worked at the festival site by the end of the weekend and 21 offices are built at the park for all the different teams.

There will also be 200m of bar frontages across the grounds to avoid queues – and the same goes for the toilets.

On top of that, the festival will be living up to its name with the return of the ‘Neighbourhood Inn’ and the introduction of ‘The Corner Shop’.

The event’s own pop-up pub will be hosting pub quizzes and ‘rockaoke’ while the shop will have Warrington DJs playing in it all weekend.

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Neighbourhood Weekender is a Warrington event through and through as it is hosted by SJM Concerts, which is run by former Woolston High student Simon Moran, and at the heart of the festival organisation team is Jack Dowling, who grew up in the town and lives near Victoria Park.

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He said: “The whole team are really excited to present year two of the Neighbourhood Weekender.

“We hope it’s another great weekend full of fantastic live music and memories being made. We have had some great fun with the site this year.

“The Neighbourhood Area has been extended and we have worked with the Arts Council to provide some special surprises.

“Plus we have built a Corner Shop with the best Warrington DJs playing in it.

“The food and bars are looking very cool again, definitely try and get a G&T at the Tanqueray No 10 gin bar if you can. See you there.”

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Neighbourhood Weekender launches on Saturday with headliner George Ezra, then Richard Ashcroft will close the festival on the Sunday.