Sweltering temperatures brought over 25,000 visitors to the little town of Middlewich in Cheshire for this years June Folk & Boat Festival. John & Jackie Romero opened their garden for the third year running to all, so that funds could be raised for charity during the festival. The core of their weekend was titled 'Accordion Magic' and was part of the 'fringe' entertainment events for Middlewich during the festival. The entertainment line up included a number of well known faces from the accordion world. Harry Hussey, Jovan Rnjak, John Penny, Helen Rich, The Weaver Vally Orchestra ..

March 31st 2017 saw the start of the 2nd Carillon Accordion Festival in the north of the UK. The Carousel Hotel, near the Pleasure Beach complex on the Blackpool seafront is the new annual home for this great accordion event. Blackpool has a bit of a reputation of being a little run down and perhaps not the most high class of seaside towns but this great boutique hotel venue however bucks this reputation and shows off how Blackpool is changing and moving a little more upmarket.