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They have played at home and abroad and now they are coming to Alnwick , Toploader couldn’t be more excited.

Supporting music legends Simple Minds, the Eastbourne band – made up of Joe Washbourn, Dan Hipgrave, Rob Green and Matt Knight – are looking forward to their Northumbrian debut.

Simple Minds

Simple Minds

Formed in 1997, Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits, both home and abroad.

Their debut album, Onka’s Big Moka, remained in the top five of the UK Albums Chart for more than six months.

However, they are recognised most of all for their cover of King Harvest’s US hit, Dancing in the Moonlight.

And the song is sure to feature in their line-up next weekend.

Lead vocalist Joe Washbourn said: “We have played all over the place over the years but never in Alnwick and we can’t wait.

“The castle looks beautiful and what an amazing setting it’s going to be for a gig.

“We have been performing for most of the summer so we’re on good form.

“And to be given the opportunity to support Simple Minds is just fantastic.

“They are a big band with a lot of huge hits, it really was a no-brainer when we were asked.

“We’re really looking forward to it.

“We’ll be playing a real mix of old material and some new with quite a few songs from our first album, Onka’s Big Moka, with Dancing in the Moonlight in there to keep everyone happy as well as Achilles Heel and some of the others.

“Then we will do some from our newest album and a song we released last year called This is the Night.

“We will make sure everyone has a good time and get them all warmed up for the main event.”

Toploader were the last band to perform at the original Wembley Stadium and have played with some of the top names in the music industry including Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Paul Weller and more.

The Pastures concert takes place on Saturday, August 16. Gates open at 5pm with acts on stage from 6.30pm.

A firework finale will take place at around 10.30pm.