Lightning Seeds spark up festival

INDIE band The Lightning Seeds are set to join Echo and the Bunnymen as headliners for the second Headstock Festival at Newstead.

The band behind hits like Pure, Life of Riley and Lucky You will take to the main stage for the final night of the volunteer led festival which takes place from 9th to 11th September.

The announcement is another feather in the cap for the not for profit festival held at the heart of Newstead and Annesley Country Park and billed as the area’s answer to the iconic Glastonbury festival.

Also joining the bill are the Herbalizer Band - a jazz rap act.

The groups are part of a line-up, which is also featuring 80s post-punk act Echo and the Bunnymen, who signed up earlier this year, modern folk duo Turin Brakes, DJ and Red Dwarf star Craig Charles, singer-songwriter Nick Harper and electronic folk act Tuung.

There will also be a host of activities including arts workshops, local traders, charities and food stalls. There is also a dedicated children’s area, Kidstock.

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

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.

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