Rock ‘n’ roll MP made Barnsley music festival patron

Michael Dugher
Michael Dugher

A South Yorkshire MP with a taste for rock ‘n’ roll has become a new patron for a local music festival.

Michael Dugher, who represents Barnsley East, has been named as an official supporter of the annual LIVE in Barnsley festival, which has taken place since 2013.

Mr Dugher is a keen musician and has previously performed at the festival, sharing the stage with Feargal Sharkey from The Undertones last year as they jointly performed the band’s most-famous hit ‘Teenage Kicks’.

Mr Dugher, who sings and plays guitar, said he was delighted to have been asked to become a patron of the free festival, which was attended by more than 4,000 people last year.

He said: “It is a great honour and a privilege to be made patron. The festival has been a fantastic success, bringing visitors to the town, supporting local businesses and putting Barnsley’s creative credentials on the map.

“I have been fortunate enough to perform at the festival for the last two years and have seen first-hand the benefits it brings to Barnsley. It is also a great showcase of local musical talent.

“I would encourage any local performers thinking of playing at this year’s event to apply in February. I hope that 2015 is a very successful year for the festival.”

Festival organisers Steve Clifford and Dave Pearsall added: “We are very grateful to Michael for supporting LIVE in Barnsley – he has been more and more involved from day one.

“We asked Michael to become a patron of LIVE in Barnsley so that we can publicly recognise his efforts and cement our local MP’s links to the festival. We are very pleased that he has accepted.”

The 2015 festival will take place on June 20.