McFly announced to headline Shropshire’s Alderfest music festival

McFly at the Birmingham Academy in 2012

Alderfest, held at Alderford Lake near Whitchurch, proved so popular for its first event this summer that it is returning in 2023 for not one but two years.

The news that the four-piece band, celebrating two decades on the music scene, will take the stage in July has delighted staff and festival-goers alike.

Dozens of tickets have already been purchased.

McFly, named after Marty McFly of the blockbuster, Back to the Future, burst onto the pop scene in 2003 and returned to touring after 2020. The members branched out with solo careers and also toured ‘McBusted’ mashup featuring Busted.

Zoe Watson, Marketing Manager at Alderford, said: “We are just delighted that McFly has agreed to participate in Alderfest. It’s amazing that they can see how big the festival has become and want to get involved.

“We sent antennas to the group and they came back and said yes.

She said there was a massive response with interest in the tickets.

“McFly seems to span generations – we’ve had support from all ages and from multi-generational families willing to be with us.”

“This year’s Alderfest was such a success that we’ve decided to make it a two day event next year. We’ve had so many great supportive comments.”

More TV celebrities will be in Alderford Lake later this month.

Strict dancer AJ Pritchard and his reality TV star brother, Curtis, will open the venue’s real ice rink on November 24.

The duo grew up near Whitchurch where their parents run a dance and fitness academy.

Zoe said: “AJ and Curtis have been such big supporters of ours.

“They came to Alderfest last year with dance workshops which were a huge success. They loved exploring what we had to offer at the festival.”

She said the attraction is delighted to have such support for its events throughout the year, alongside its regular activities off and on the lake.

Upcoming pre-Christmas events range from a winter solstice swim and wreath-making to Santa’s Island and lighted woods.

Gerald R. Schneider