Echo and the Bunnymen to top Newstead’s Headstock festival

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EIGHTIES post-punk act Echo and the Bunnymen have been announced as headliners for the second Headstock Festival at Newstead.

The Liverpool band gained a cult audience before achieving mainstream success with top 10 hits like ‘The Killing Moon’, which more recently featured on the soundtrack of creepy psychdelic film Donnie Darko.

Now the act are headlining the not-for-profit festival which last year attracted more than 2,000 people to the venue at the heart of Newstead and Annesley Country Park.

The Bunnymen are back on tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their classic album, Ocean Rain.

Joining them on the bill are modern folk duo Turin Brakes, DJ and Red Dwarf star Craig Charles, singer-songwriter Nick Harper and experimental electronic folk act Tuung.

The announcement marks another milestone for the festival which is billed as the area’s answer to the iconic Glastonbury festival.

Last year’s innaugral Headstock event was headlined by multi-platinum pop rock act Ash. The event narrowly missed out on a prestigious gong at the UK Festival Awards.

This year’s event features 60 acts on four stages and arts workshops, local traders, charities and food stalls. There is also a dedicated children’s area, Kidstock.

Headstock was dreamed up in Newstead by a dedicated group of volunteers — the same Future Newstead team behind an ambitious project to create a spectacular country park on former colliery land between the village and neighbouring Annesley.

Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN) bought the land and is redeveloping it with £433,140 cash from the Village SOS scheme, which involves the BBC and Big Lottery Fund. It is hoped the festival will help fund future work on the land.

Early bird tickets for the two day festival taking place from 10th to 11th September are on sale now priced from £28 for one day, or £50 for two.

Children’s tickets are priced from £15. Visit www.headstockfestival.com