Today’s Lytham Festival is Lancashire’s largest live music event and attracts tens of thousands of spectators. Its well-crafted mix of nostalgia, contemporary and classical music means there is something for everyone on picturesque Lytham Green during the four fantastic show days at the seaside. It’s hard to believe that this professional, well-organised and much-anticipated music festival – which every year brings international artists to the North West of England – began life as a hobby! Lytham Proms was created in 2009, and was curated by local music lovers Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor.
They came up with the idea of a one-night event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. As they have recalled, it was just a “hobby” for them and the “chance to do something nice for the community”. They certainly achieved that. Securing the Manchester Camerata and star soprano Lesley Garett, the first 2010 concert was a massive success, with ‘sold out’ signs being placed outside. It soon became clear that the people of the Fylde coast had a passion for the event, and local opinion was that it should be held annually, and provide something for everyone.