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There are lots of reasons to be cheerful at this year's Macclesfield Barnaby Festival

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 20, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Blockheads.

Blockheads.

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A varied programme of music and arts events is currently running in a Cheshire town.

The annual Barnaby Festival is taking place up until June 29 in Macclesfield.

Legendary musicians The Blockheads will kick off the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival's Big Weekend which runs from this Friday (June 20) until Sunday.

Famous for classic hits such as What a Waste, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3), the band will perform this Friday (June 20) at 8pm at Christ Church, Macclesfield, tickets priced £18.

On Saturday (June 21), at 8pm comedy queen Shappi Khorsandi is set to raise the roof at Christ Church, performing her hilarious new show, 'Shappi Khorsandi Live'. Tickets cost £16, suitable for ages 16+.

The Big Weekend finale is a special, eclectic musical Acoustic Sanctuary. Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Macclesfield's Jake Evans (Bad Lieutenant, Jimi Goodwin band), and critically acclaimed Manc wordsmith Mike Garry (including his ode to legendary Factory Record boss Tony Wilson) will perform acoustic sets along with string quartet arrangements by renowned composer Joe Duddell. The musical extravaganza will take place at Christ Church, Macclesfield on Sunday (June 22) at 7.30pm.Tickets cost £18.

There are lots of concerts and activities taking place during Macclesfield's Barnaby Festival. To find out more go online to www.barnabyfestival.org.uk.

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