Strike air-guitar pose with renowned group

Blyth's Pete Shaw of Shaw:Clark Project showing off his best air guitar techniques on Blyth seafront where Northumberland Live will take place on Saturday, June 27.
Blyth's Pete Shaw of Shaw:Clark Project showing off his best air guitar techniques on Blyth seafront where Northumberland Live will take place on Saturday, June 27.

The organisers of one of the region’s biggest free outdoor summer music events are challenging people to enter an air-guitar contest with a difference.

The people behind Northumberland Live 2015 are giving one air guitar-crazy individual the chance to join 80s chart-toppers Doctor and The Medics on stage during the festival.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 27, on The Links, Blyth seafront, and it is expected to attract thousands of music lovers.

The winner of Air Guitar Star will be put in the spotlight to mime out and bust some moves along to one of pop’s best-loved guitar solos, Spirit in the Sky. In 1986, Doctor and The Medics, who are headlining Northumberland Live alongside Toploader, rocketed to the top of the charts around the globe with a cover of Norman Greenbaum’s classic song – selling 24million copies worldwide and being number one in 23 countries.

The Reverend Dr Clive Thomas Jackson, lead singer with Doctor and the Medics, said: “Spirit in the Sky has been an anthem for us at gigs and festivals for the best part of 30 years.

“We are really looking forward to performing at Northumberland Live and better still to welcoming the winner of the air guitar contest to join our ranks. This crazy idea promises to add even more fun to the flamboyant and energetic stage antics of the Doctor and the Medics show. You better see it to believe it.”

The competition is open to people of all ages and closes at midnight on Wednesday. Post your air guitar poses or videos onto www.facebook.com/North umberlandLiveFestival or via Twitter @NlandLiveFest using the hash-tag #airguitar blyth

Northumberland Live 2015 is supported by Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland. The event, which will also feature a host of local bands including Blyth-based Shaw:Clark Project, runs from 11am to 9pm. For more details about the festival, visit www.northumberlandlive.org