Top indie band set to headline Testifest 2016

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Highly acclaimed indie guitar band The Crookes is to headline this year’s fourth successive Tosside Testifest, which takes place tomorrow (Friday, July 1st) and Saturday, (July 2nd ).

The group will make its Testifest debut on Saturday night, while reggae star Jeramiah Ferrari will headline on Friday evening. He will share the bill with among others Clitheroe’s Good Foxy, which was due to appear at the cancelled Summer Days Festival but will now play Testifest to give its growing army of local fans an opportunity to still see the band on their doorstep.

Testifest, which is held at Hartley’s Farm Camp Site off the B5478 just outside the village centre, is a family musical celebration of life. It also supports a chosen charity. For the last three years, this has been Cancer Research UK but 2016’s Testifest will raise money for the Ribblesdale Ward via Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Ribblesdale Ward is Rosemere Cancer Centre’s in-patient ward. It is also where the man behind Testifest, Neil Livesey, was treated for testicular cancer six years ago.

Now fit and well and working for a Blackburn-based plant hire company, Neil said: “Testifest is about good music, good company and having a good time in beautiful surroundings, while giving something back. We’re getting bigger

each year.”

Neil, who lives in Alice Street, Oswaldtwistle with wife Julie, a local councillor, chose his Testifest location after years of camping regularly at the Hartley’s Farm site with his sons, Jack now 25 and Will now 21, who with Julie and family friend Bob Reily help Neil bring Testifest together and transform the camping ground for the weekend.

All bands and musicians will play a stage protected by a marquee in case of bad weather. There is a licensed bar with cask ales supplied by Clitheroe’s Bowland Brewery and cider by West Bradford’s Dove Syke Cider. There’s

also on site catering.

Tickets for the full weekend with camping, including a limited number of pitches with electric hook-up, are £55 per adult, with children 13 and under admitted for free and those aged 14 to 16 years accompanied by an adult at

£20. To attend just on Saturday is £30 per adult inclusive of camping. Tickets can be bought at the site or via the Testifest website at www.testifest.co.uk

Rosemere Cancer Foundation spends the donations it receives on vital equipment, research and training that cannot be funded by the NHS. It strives to bring world class cancer treatments and services to local cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria via their local hospitals and the region’s three specialist treatment centres. These specialist centres are the Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, Blackpool Victoria Hospital for blood cancers and the Royal Blackburn for liver cancers. The charity also funds those things that can make the cancer journey a little more comfortable such as free access to complementary therapies for all

newly diagnosed patients. For further information, visit its website at www.rosemere.org.uk.