Music lovers in a former pit town can look forward to a marathon treat next weekend when dozens of bands will perform at a free festival.
In total, 30 bands from a wide musical spectrum will be playing over three days at the extravaganza in Ashington, Northumberland.
It will be held at the town’s Colliers football club in Woodhorn Lane on Friday evening and on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and night.
The event is being supported by the Arch Group – Northumberland County Council’s arm’s-length development company – which is heavily involved in projects aimed at regenerating Ashington. The festival is billed as a celebration of emerging North East musical talent and also a showcase for touring bands from up and down the country.
It features bands playing a wide variety of music, from rock to punk and ska.
It kicks off on Friday evening with Yakx, followed by Loudmouth, Go Go Midgets, and LoGoz.
The evening ends with a performance by local rock trio Sorry for Nothing, comprising brothers Rob and John Lowdon and Stu Sewell.
Their song, Swallow Your Soul, featured on internet game Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 4, resulting in fans all over the world enjoying their musical style.
The festival continues on Saturday with Kitty Brewster, The Found, Post Orgasmic Sunshine Band, Tramp Juice, Warning, Victorian Trout Conspiracy, So What Robot, and Scottish ska band Big Fat Panda.
Sunday afternoon and evening sees a stomping musical line-up featuring Fickle Lily, Mojo Hand, Human Sacrifice Club, Thesis, All Out Attack, Eliza Smiles, Two Wise Guys, Broadleaves, Mother Firefly and Shut Up. The festival also includes an acoustic stage featuring various artists. Admission to all three days is free and the doors open at 7pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The event has been organised and promoted by Ashington Community Football Club, Arch and Guerrilla Pa Hire.
Peter McIntyre, Arch Group managing director, said: “Arch Homes is proud to support Ashington football club as they are an essential part of the local community.
“The music weekend is a fantastic mix of local and national talent, and the club has done a tremendous job by putting on this event for local people.”
Arch was set up by the county council to drive capital economic development, physical regeneration projects and business growth in Northumberland.
It brings together four subsidiary firms delivering services in housing, commercial facilities and physical regeneration.