Clumber support acts revealed

Rock on: Toseland will play at Clumber Park.
Rock on: Toseland will play at Clumber Park.

The support acts have been announced for the Friday night headliners at this summer’s Clumber Park Music Festival, Status Quo.

It brings together former double World Superbike champion James Toseland - fronting his eponymously named guitar rock band - and classic progressive glam rockers, The Strawbs.

Toseland, who hails from South Yorkshire’s Kiveton Park, just up the road from Clumber Park, is set to release his debut album ‘Renegade’ later this month.

He and his band will also be appearing as a special guests in support of Status Quo at three gigs in April.

Toseland’s appearance at the Clumber Park Festival follows a successful debut with an acoustic set at the Download festival last year.

The band’s two singles, ‘Renegade’ and ‘Life is Beautiful’ have both been critically acclaimed by the power rock and ballad music press.

The Strawbs, meanwhile, make a welcome return to Clumber Park, having first played at the three-day event in 2012.

The band was formed in 1964 and went on to become a firm favourite with folk, glam and progressive rock fans.

Their best known hit was ‘Part of the Union’, but they were also admired for several albums, including ‘Hero and Heroine’.

Despite several changes in line-ups and reformations, the band has maintained a solid global fan base.

For its 50th anniversary performances, the band is gigging with a line-up of Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk, Adam Wakeman and Tony Fernandez.

Neil Butkeratis from UK Events, which is organising the festival, says the full line-up will have something to offer every rock fan.

“With the addition of the classic sound of The Strawbs and Toseland’s full-on power rock, we have two great bands to warm everyone up in anticipation of Status Quo taking the stage,” he said.

“It will be really rocking at Clumber Park and the way tickets are going it looks like being a bumper crowd in August.”

Status Quo will make what will be their first appearance at Clumber Park on Friday 15th August.

Founder members Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt will be joined on stage by keyboard player Andrew Brown, bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and drummer Leon Cave.

To book tickets for Status Quo call 0845 075 6101.