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Third instalment of quality music

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

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A HOST of musical talent is set to perform on a car park stage this weekend.

W2013 Party in the Car Park will take place at The Wilkes Head in St Edward Street in Leek on Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday acoustic session, which will start at around 7pm and take place within the venue's smaller marquee stage, is set to feature the talents of Kayliegh Knight, Jazz Jeff, Watson & Co, plus more to be confirmed.

On Sunday the party tone at The Wilkes will rise with live bands such as The Flank Dub Department, The Fires, Vertigo Fish, and again Watson & Co taking to the outdoor stage.

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The headlining act for W2013 Party in the Car Park will be the ever-lively Earthworm Jim.

The Wilkes Head landlord Malcolm Moger, organises three such mini festivals every year, with the other two entitled Wilkestonbury and Wilkestock.

Malcolm, along with an army of dedicated staff and crew members, have hosted the minifestivals at the venue for 13 years.

Malcolm said: "The two we have already had this year have been absolutely fantastic. The first one was especially brilliant due to weather we had which just made it.

"As usual the quality of the bands who have and will be playing for us this year, is so high. The staff and crew work so hard to make sure everyone has a good time at our mini festivals."

It all started 13 years ago when Malcolm decided to have a few musicians perform in the back yard of the Wilkes Head.

He said: "The events have just got bigger and better each year. We now also have quite a bit of decor and sell 'Wilkes Festival' merchandise to enhance that festival feel.

“I have been approached a few times about expanding the festivals perhaps even to another venue.

But we like to keep them intimate and just the way they are. Why fix what isn't broken? "A big thanks to all my staff, crew and to the bands as well as everyone else who supports our festivals."

It will be free admission to both of this weekend's music events at the Wilkes Head but tickets (available from the venue in advance) are needed for the Sunday event, which will start at around 2.30pm.

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