Louise Fazackerley to launch Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Louise Fazackerley will launch Lancashire Fringe Festival on Wednesday, May 15, at Vinyl Tap in Preston.

The brilliant spoken-word performer debuts new show The Secret at the festival.

Louise, who has supported the godfather of punk poetry John Cooper Clarke, last played in Preston to a sell-out crowd of over 80 people.

The pop poet has appeared on BBC 1’s Breakfast show, as well as BBC Radio 3 and 4, performing to millions of people and talking about issues surrounding poetry and northern life.

Her work has been hailed by several of the UK’s best poets and literary icons:

‘A great performer’ Will Self
‘A voice that tingles with promise’ Ian McMillan
‘That was amazing and I’ve been a poet for 34 years. Will you come and do my festival?’ Attila the Stockbroker
‘A class act… I love her, you will too’ John Cooper Clarke

Much of the inspiration for her funny, bitter-sweet and observational work comes from Louise’s home town of Wigan.

Love Is A Battlefield, one of three albums Louise has recorded, is a result of a New Voices commission from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. The set addresses the after-effects of war on the social and domestic lives of soldiers.

Louise will be supported by three poets selected from the festival’s new commission call out, aimed at developing new regional north-west talent.

See Louise at Vinyl Tap Preston, 28-30 Adelphi St, Preston PR1 7BE on Wednesday, May 15. Show starts at 7.30pm.

Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!


Louise Fazackerley’s website.
Twitter: @louisethepoet
Photo: Benji Reid

Matt Abbott brings Two Little Ducks to Preston

On Wednesday February 13, Matt Abbott will perform his spoken word show Two Little Ducks at Vinyl Tap Preston. Tickets are £5 on the door or from WeGotTickets.com

Here is what you need to know:

Matt Abbott was volunteering at the Calais Jungle refugee camp when his native Wakefield voted 66% Leave. Why did so many working-class communities like his support Brexit so strongly? How can the UK ignore a humanitarian crisis just 22 miles from Dover? And does anything ever actually change for people like Maria?

This is a powerful, personal and political spoken word show from one of UK poetry’s rising stars. He channels the human side of politics to look at national identity, preconceptions, class and anti-establishment anger. Poetic flair and storytelling, with a unique insight into the summer that changed everything.

★★★★★ The New European
★★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ The Wee Review
★★★★ Reviews Hub
★★★★ The Theatre Guide

“An artist with something to say, who knows how to say it” The Scotsman
“Classy; he talks politics from the heart” The Morning Star
Rated as ‘Highly Recommended’ by FringeReview

After gaining critical acclaim as the lyricist and frontman in alternative pop act Skint & Demoralised, Matt Abbott returned to his original love of spoken word in 2013. Since then, he’s established himself on the UK’s flourishing scene. His 22-date UK theatre tour of ‘Two Little Ducks’ was accompanied by the release of his debut collection – featuring the poems from the show – on Verve Poetry Press. He also recorded the poems for a studio album which was released by Nymphs & Thugs Recording Co.

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