Headstock Festival this weekend

Ian Broudie - Lightning Seeds
Ian Broudie - Lightning Seeds
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HEADSTOCK Festival organisers have announced some of the country’s top young talent has joined the bill for the big event this weekend, 9th-11th September.

The BBC Introducing Stage will see beatbox artist The Petebox join Swimming, Ronika, Saint Raymond, The Money, Manière des Bohémiens, Silent Devices and a whole host of other regional and national rising talent at the popular three day event held at Newstead and Annesley Country Park.

The Welfare Stage, which is hosting BBC Introducing, will also showcase DJs and comedians whilst the attached bar will be a traditional workingmens’ club complete with landlady, darts board and bingo.

A spokesman said: “Some of the best musicians around will be paying us a visit – right on the site of the Newstead Colliery’s former pit tips. Dean Jackson from BBC Radio’s The Beat will be introducing us to his pick of the best rising regional talent and we have over 20 acts appearing over the weekend on The Welfare Stage.

“These include acoustic singer-songwriters, electro-swing, hip-hop, breaks, experimental, indie, ska and funk. Add a little comedy, real ale and a tombola and you get the idea. Non-members are welcome.”

A BBC TV show broadcast at the weekend showed how local folk helped create not just Headstock, but the country park, eco-build visitor centre and angling lakes, on the site of the former colliery pit tips and have engaged many young people from the community to achieve their social aims.

Headstock is managed by the charity Newstead Enterprise and is run entirely by volunteers and musicians for the benefit of the Newstead community.

Other acts playing over the weekend include headliners Echo & the Bunnymen and the Lightning Seeds, African Head Charge, Dananananaykroyd, C.W. Stoneking, Nick Harper, Craig Charles, the Herbaliser Band, Tunng, Chris Liberator, Ralph Lawson and around 80 other acts.

Other attractions include street theatre, burlesque, speed dating with a difference, light installations, circus acts, workshops for grown ups and real ale and cider at pub prices. For children there is a dedicated area – Kidstock.

Tickets are £60 for the weekend with free camping. For more information visit www.headstockfestival.com