After being forced to postpone twice due to the coronavirus pandemic, Highest Point Festival has returned with a bang this weekend, featuring its biggest, most impressively diverse line-up yet.

Marking its third year at Lancaster's Williamson Park, Lancashire’s biggest open-air music event, kicked-off four days of live music with performances from Rag’n’Bone Man, James and Rudimental.

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Originally set to take place in May 2020, the festival was rescheduled for this weekend, September 2-5, and for the first time ever, extended its run to include a Thursday night. 

Set in the stunning 54-acre grounds of Williamson Park, music lovers and festival fans have been able to feast their eyes on more than one hundred artists across six stages over the course of the weekend, with a dedicated family day taking place today, plus a premier regional street food and craft beer offering on site. 

And with an estimated total of 35,000 ticket holders expected to attend over the four days, the festival will come to a dynamic finish this evening for a final night of live performances.

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Closing the festival, Rick Astley will take to the stage, with special guest Sophie Ellis-Bextor, supported by The Cuban Brothers. 

Thursday saw legendary nineties band, James, headline the opening night, supported by Liverpudlian band Lightning Seeds.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly joined the two bands at the gig on what will be fifteen years since the release of his debut album 'The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager'.

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On Friday revellers delighted in world class DJ sets from Rudimental, Wilkinson and Crazy P Soundsystem, plus high energy vocals from Becky Hill and Ella Eyre, progressive-house kings 3D (Dave Seaman, Darren Emerson & Danny Howells) Sam Divine, and tastemaker Monki, whilst Ibiza party starters Do Not Sleep had their own stage with Richy Ahmed headlining. 

While Saturday saw another stellar line up, with acts including psychedelic punk rock duo The Lovely Eggs taking to the stage in their hometown.

Lancashire Telegraph: James headline the opening night of Highest Point Festival. Credit: Robin ZahlerJames headline the opening night of Highest Point Festival. Credit: Robin Zahler

They were joined by indie pop band The Lottery Winners, post-punk band The Futureheads, drum and bass heavyweights Hybrid Minds, British electronic music band Clean Bandit, house music DJ Hannah Wants, and rising hip-hop star Ms Banks, before the night culminated with a headline set from Brit award winner Rag’N’Bone Man.

Today, the festival welcomes back The Big Family Day Out for its third year at Highest Point.

The day will be full of fun and laughter, and included within the ticket there will be a huge number of free events and activities for the whole family to enjoy together. 

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Once inside the event, guests will have access to live performances, an interactive theatre, DJ workshops, storytelling, bubble displays, tipi building, arts and crafts, face painting as well as entry to the butterfly house and mini zoo - all at no extra cost.