TouchDown in Workington

By Arran George

Returning for a third consecutive year, TouchDown festival will be bringing rock n roll back to Workington this July.

Pop-punk band ‘Roam’ will headline the mainstage in what is set to be a day jam-packed with exciting rock music. The one-day festival kicks off at 5pm on the 22 July and is to be held on three different stages on Workington’s Jane Street; with Lounge 41, Thirsty Souls and Bart’s hosting the main stage.

Organised in the spare time of two local rock fans, Andrew Hymers and Thomas McNichol, the first year of the rock festival had humble beginnings. It was held in Workington’s Union Jack club, with local rock legends Colt 45 as the headline act. The second year was headlined by the newly signed Manchester band, The Lottery Winners.

This year however will be a much larger affair than the previous years; with more tickets, more acts and an earlier start time. The festival will be divided over the three stages, with two dedicated band stages and an acoustic stage.

On the expansion of the festival, co-organiser of Touchdown Festival, Andrew Hymers said:

“Touch Down is like our baby that’s growing and growing. We are so excited for this year and we hope it will be the best year yet. We’ve had a great reaction so far and this year we expect it to be a sell-out”

Headliners, Roam, are currently supporting Brighton pop-punk outfit ‘As It Is’ in the USA and have just finished wrapping up their own successful tour earlier this year. They released their debut album ‘Backbone’ in February 2016 via Hopeless records and are currently working on their second.

The rest of the acts for the festival are all either local or from Scotland. They include; Colt 45, thisfamiliarsmile, The Hostiles, Youth Salute, Bear Arms, Stand Up Arcade, The Sheepwagon, Graces, The Scumbrians, Reptilians, Seek Solace in Ruin, Luke Matear, Antony ‘Flick’ Lister, Chris McMullen, Ivory Veins, Willowside Park and Shane Sanderson.

With the summer date fast approaching, co-organiser Thomas McNichol expresses his own excitement for the festival.

He said: “I know I speak for both of us when I say how massively proud we are of this year’s line-up and the reaction we’ve had for each announcement has blown us away. We really can’t wait for July 22nd to see it all unfold and possibly even enjoy it ourselves.”

It’s the perfect excuse to get out and support local live music this summer.

Sponsorship for the event comes from local firms; Tractor She’d Brewing, K2 Fashion and Marklife clothing.

Find out more about Touch Down festival via Facebook and Instagram.


Tickets are £13 and are sold at Richard James’ newsagents in Workington. Alternatively, you can buy tickets online 

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