Chart-topping music acts announced for major Northumberland festival


Two famous music acts will be performing at a summer Northumberland festival, which will offer a day of free family entertainment.

Northumberland Live has confirmed that Toploader and Doctor and The Medics will headline this year’s festival, along with a host of local acts.

The festival at Blyth takes place at the Mermaid car park from noon until 9pm on Saturday, June 27.

Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Northumberland Live was a huge success last year with 5,000 visitors. This is a fabulous free festival for all the family with music, food and entertainment and is a great advert for the county. I hope as many people as possible come along and share a great day out at the Northumberland seaside with their family and friends.”

Toploader had a huge hit with their first album, Onka’s Big Moka, which was released in 2000. It sold more than one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK Albums Chart for more than six months. They were the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium and their cover of King Harvest’s US hit ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global success for the band.

Singer and keyboard player, Joseph Washbourne, from Toploader said: “This will be our second time playing in Northumberland and we’re really looking forward to it to. Crowds are always amazing in the North East and, coming from a seaside town ourselves, it’ll be like home from home for us.”

Lead singer, Clive Jackson, aka The Doctor, from Doctor and the Medics, said: “It is going to be a brilliant day out and a chance to get people of all ages dancing and singing along to songs like Spirit in the Sky. People in Northumberland are so friendly and we can’t wait to get the summer festival vibe going at Blyth.”

Local bands will also share the bill and a talent contest will be launched offering musicians from Northumberland a chance to perform on the big stage alongside the headliners. Last year’s over 18 winner, Joe Allan from Cramlington, said: “Winning the competition has really helped me on my way and I can’t wait to come back and be a judge at the 2015 competition.”

As well as the music there is also going to be street theatre to keep children (and their parents) entertained. Locally-based food suppliers will showcase the best local Northumbrian produce.

Free parking will be available in the centre of Blyth, Blyth Quayside or the Ranch car park, and there will also be a free park-and-ride service on dedicated buses. Northumberland County Council is encouraging people to leave the car at home and use public transport or make their way to the festival under their own steam - on foot or by bike.