It’s going to be pure and simple musical entertainment at this year’s Northumberland Live Festval at Blyth as indie band The Lightning Seeds are announced as headliners.

The band fronted by singer Ian Broudie achieved chart success in the 1990’s with hits such as Pure, Sense, The Life of Riley and Lucky You. Their biggest commercial success however, was written in 1996 to celebrate football’s European Championships being held in England. The song also features comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, the hosts of popular TV show Fantasy Football. They then wrote and recorded the song Three Lions ’96, which became a number one single on two occasions, selling over a million copies in the UK.

Last year, The Undertones payed their first ever visit to Blyth and wowed the crowd with their repitoire of power pop songs. Previously, Scouting For Girls attracted a 15,000 strong crowd, and The Lightning Seeds are expected to do the same this year.

Other bands already lined up to entertain crowds on Saturday 23rd June include blues rock band STAN, rock and roll band The Baldy Holly Band and popular rock band Edenthorn. Organisers have also announced that the Festival’s official media partner will be BBC Newcastle.

Blyth Town Council are hosting the Northumberland Live Festival at Blyth and

Chair of the Town Council Events Committee, Councillor Kath Nisbet is looking forward to welcoming The Lightning Seeds.

“It’s very appropriate that in the World Cup year we are bringing the band who wrote the most successful football song ever to Blyth. I’m sure that everyone will be singing along to Three Lions to show our support for the national football team.”

The free family festival will also have superb street theatre, a fun fair, wonderful food concessions and of course, great music.

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