THREE Lancashire acts will be taking to the stage at a music festival ­— headlined by rock icons Toploader and Republica later this month.

Singer-songwriter Meeka B and rockers Ordinary Superpowers from Clitheroe along with Ribble Valley funk rock band Good Foxy will all be performing at the Rivington Music Festival between July 16 and 18. Organisers say they have worked hard to ensure the event can go ahead by working with Chorley Council to put Covid safety measures in place.

Rivington Terraced Gardens project manager Andrew Suter, said: “It’s been a week of huge ups and downs, we contemplated cancelling very seriously but having worked though our options, we are confident we can deliver a fantastic festival that is Covid safe, albeit with reduced numbers.

"This past 12 months has been such a challenging time for our fundraising, as it has for all charities, but this event is the biggest opportunity we have this year to raise much-needed funds for the upkeep of the gardens.

"For it to be allowed to proceed is a godsend for our fundraising efforts.

"There has been a huge rush for early tickets and now that we are confident we can deliver a Covid safe event, we anticipate the remaining tickets selling out quickly."

Meeka B and her band play a mixture of original songs and covers and have performed at radio stations, theatres and festivals, while Ordinary Superpowers perform music for all ages with subject matter ranging from dragons to robots and pirates.

Good Foxy meanwhile draw on an eclectic range of influences to play a blend of rock, soul and R&B.

Broadcaster and Rivington Terraced Gardens patron Mark Radcliffe, who will also be featuring at the event, paid tribute to local people who have helped make sure the festival can go ahead.

He said: "Summer wouldn’t be summer without festivals. It’s fantastic news that the Rivington Music Festival can go ahead.

"We’re confident that it’ll raise a good portion of the funds needed to keep up the good work of the volunteers in maintaining the glory of this unique corner of Britain."

To find out more and to book tickets go to: www.rivingtonterracedgardens.org.uk.