Christians headline free summer festival

The Christians at Northumberland Live
The Christians at Northumberland Live

Chart-topping band The Christians have been announced as the headline act for a free music festival in Blyth this summer.

The legendary soul band, famed for hits such as Forgotten Town, Harvest for the World, Born Again, Ideal World and Hooverville, will be joined by a host of local musicians from Northumberland and the North East.

Northumberland Live will be held at the Blyth Beach Mermaid car park.

The Christians’ lead singer Garry Christian, the distinctive face and voice of the band, will present an award to the winners of the Northumberland Live best band contest, – a competition organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, to find the best musicians in the county.

James Fell, heritage and events development manager at Northumberland County Council, said: “It is fantastic that we’ve attracted such a great band as our headline act for Northumberland Live.

“The mix of music throughout the day will appeal to many different audiences and make this a successful family event.

“I would also like to thank Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure for sponsoring the headline act and making it possible for us to bring such a high-quality act to Northumberland.”

Organisers want as many people as possible to join in the bank-holiday fun and are urging people to sign up at to get the latest on the line-ups, reminders about the event and be in with a chance of winning some exclusive prizes.

Northumberland Live will run from noon until around 8pm on Saturday, August 23, and, along with the bands, will feature street theatre, fairground rides and local food stalls.