Sorry for the short notice, but I’ve just become aware that Middlewich’s Music and Boat takes place this weekend. It looks like more of a music festival than a boat festival. There is some street entertainment on Saturday. More information can be found on their website at:
It calls itself ‘Middlewich FAB’, and the FAB stands for ‘Folk & Boat Festival’. I know some of the people who have, in the past, organised the ‘Folk’ aspect of it – the bands on the main stage; concerts in pubs; open events where anyone can come up and perform; morris dancers in the main street and in the Bullring; etc. Since last year (I think) the organising of the music, the events and the rest of the festival were taken over by the town council. They did a good job, and the people of the town came out in large numbers to support it.
The gathering of boats on the canal, and associated stalls, food, and craft activities will go on as always, though, as you say, all that is now less central to the weekend than it once was. (Still lots of colourful, eccentric and interesting people to photograph along the canals, though! 😉 )
People thronging the streets, or browsing at the crafts / clothes / jewelery / food stalls around the Market Field, where the ‘Main Stage’ performances happen, and the concert audiences standing and sitting informally around the stage on the grass, all offer lots of highly photographable people and situations.
As you may guess, I’m an enthusiast; and I’ll be going (and hoping for the essential fine weather!). Watch out for pictures on my Flickr stream next week! 😉