Music fans attending the free Northumberland Live at Blyth Festival on 23 June are going to have a life of riley as some of the region’s top bands share the lineup with internationally acclaimed indie band The Lightning Seeds.
The Lightning Seeds have achieved chart success with hits such as Pure, Sense, The Life of Riley and Lucky You. Topically, the band will be playing their biggest hit, Three Lions as the England football team compete in the World Cup Finals.
The Lightning Seeds are the latest in an impressive list of headliners brought to the town by Blyth Town Council. Last year it was The Undertones while in 2016, Scouting For Girls attracted a 15,000 strong crowd. The high calibre of artists appearing each year is a result of the foresight and hard work carried out by the Town Council together with their commitment to continually providing the free festival for the people of Blyth.
Other bands and artists lined up to entertain the crowds include Newcastle blues rock band STAN the Band, Durham popular rock band Edenthorn and rock and roll legends The Baldy Holly Band.
An international flavour will be added to the festival when a band from Blyth’s twin town of Solingen in Germany make their UK debut. Power pop band Stephen’s Ruin have recorded a number of singles and EP’s as well as performing live in Germany.
For new wave fans, Teesside favourites, Zeitgeist 77 will perform their unique mix of punk, blues and rock while at the opposite end of the music spectrum, soul, funk band Nick Pride and the Pimptones will entertain the audience with theirheavy dancefloor grooves, big breaks and sophisticated jazz numbers.
Add to the bill the talents of Chloe Chadwick, dubbed “The Northern Country Queen”. and nominated in the “Best Female Artist” & “Best UK Country Act” category at the UK Country Music Awards, Newcastle singer songwriter, Simma and the Three Ring Circus and pulsating soul from The Stax Brothers and the event promises to be bigger and better than ever with something to appeal to all musical tastes.
The Festival’s official media partner is BBC Newcastle.
Blyth Town Council’s Chair of the Community Development Committee, Councillor Kath Nisbet MBE is looking forward to the free festival.
“Once again, the music this year is top class and will appeal to all ages and musical tastes. We will also have other entertainment on hand for the whole family including street theatre, a fun fair, and food concessions. A lot of planning and preparation has gone into making this event a success and we hope everyone will have a great family day out.”