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Weather in the 70’s and music in the 80’s for Northumberland Live at Bedlington

If you’re looking for a great free day out for all the family, look no further than Bedlington later this month. After a successful Northumberland Live at Blyth, the same winning formula comes to Bedlington on Saturday 29th July.

The family friendly festival will take place in the town’s Gallagher Park with headlining  act The Commitments performing soul classics such as  Mustang Sally, Destination Anywhere and In the Midnight Hour. The eight piece band will perform all of the hits from the film and will entertain the crowds with their instantly recognisable horn section and their sweet Soul rhythm section.

The band is fronted by Dave Finnegan who played the character of ‘Mickah Wallace,’ the bouncer and drummer in the movie. Dave has taken his band all over the world including Brazil, USA, Canada,Scandinavia, South Africa, the Middle East, India, Japan, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand and now Bedlington.

Other musical entertainment on the bill includes the West End 80’s Mania show which features songs and dance from the age of synthesizers, painted faces, leggings and permed hair. Also appearing are UB40 tribute band, Ultimate 40,The Sleeze Sisters, The Understudies,Just So and Unplugged along with many others.

Fresh from appearing at last month’s Northumberland Live at Blyth are singer / guitarist Arriane Masters and up and coming indie band Pacific who will both play to an appreciative audience of recently acquired local fans.

As well as the musical attractions, a wide range of quality food from local suppliers and a family activity area will keep all of the family entertained. There will also be a display by the Royal Logistics Corps Parachute Display Team, The Silver Stars. (weather permitting)

Northumberland Live @ Bedlington has been made possible by partnership working between Northumberland County Council, Active Northumberland, East Bedlington Parish Council and West Bedlington Town Council. Metro Radio are the official media partners of the festival.

Councillor Bill Crosby who is Chair of the Friends of Gallagher Park said:

“ This is a great family event for Bedlington. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy ourselves and put the town on the map for all the right reasons.”

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