Met Lounge fills the Willow Festival void with MetFest

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As it emerged today that the Willow Festival will not now take place this year, leading Peterborough live music venue The Met Lounge has stepped up with a weekend ‘MetFest’.

The event will help solve some of the disappointment caused by the festival’s postponement over the original weekend of July 8 to 10, said venue promotor Steve Jason.

Vendetta. Photo by Rhys Perrin.

Vendetta. Photo by Rhys Perrin.

“A lot of our regular crowd attend the festival over the weekend and come to us afterwards – it was they who suggested that we should do something,” said Steve. “Then we were approached by some of the local bands that were booked to play on the various dates over the weekend and things started to move quickly.

“We’ve already got three head liners with The Ruined playing Friday, Vendetta, who are also playing The Bloodstock Festival this year, headlining Saturday, and they’re bringing along Back Down or Die who recently supported USA Metal legends Biohazard on tour .

“Then on Sunday we have local favourites Stringfinger headlining.”

In addition the club will be setting up a second stage upstairs in the club to feature some of the acoustic acts that were due to play the festival.

“Obviously, we can’t replicate what goes on in a field within the confines of a 200 capacity club,” said Steve, “but for people who wanted to go and see some new music over this weekend then we can certainly offer that.

‘It will also be an opportunity for the bands to play to new people which will hopefully create a bit of a buzz about them.”

Each night will run from 7.30pm to 11pm and tickets for each night are on sale now via the club reception (01733 566100) or online from

In addition the venue is offering free entry to anybody who had already booked Willow Festival weekend tickets.

Full line-up: Friday main stage The Ruined; acoustic stage Jimmy Chase, Andy Hughes, Avebury

Saturday main stage Vendetta; acoustic stage Meg McPartlin, Ryan Kemp, Voodoo Vali, Ben Murphy.

Sunday main stage Stringfinger, Photo Finish, The Moonshiners, The Pocket Symphony Orchestra; acoustic stage Alex Waller, Ollie Gamblesmith.

Entry to the three nights is open to age 14+ but all under 16s need to be accompanied by 18+/adult.