CORBRIDGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HUGE HEADLINERS FOR 2017!
CAST, CRAIG CHARLES, FROM THE JAM, THE SELECTER,
and THE HAPPY CATS
......are just some of the bands coming to Tynedale Park, Corbridge on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July thus summer. Corbridge Festival, the increasingly popular family-friendly music festival, returns for its’ seventh year with a spectacular musical line-up that somehow manages to top all previous years! As usual, the musical delights cover most genres, ranging from brit pop to punk rock/mod, funk/soul to 2 tone/ska, and from folk to a smattering of offerings that just can’t be pidgeon-holed.
Friday With a jammed packed year in the making, the funk and soul train keeps movin’ along - making a stop at Corbridge on Friday 7th July and we’re delighted to be able to announce that Corbridge 2017 has bagged CRAIG CHARLES and his Funk & Soul Club to kick Corbridge 2017 off on Friday evening. The legendary actor, host and broadcaster is one of UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJ’s. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf,10 years of broadcasting BBC 6 Music’s primetime Saturday night show, have established Craig as a genuine Funk & Soul icon. Live every Saturday night with an assortment of classic gems and emerging artists, Craig has garnered global support as one of the UK’s foremost Funk and Soul commentators, DJ’s and promoters of new music.
Limited space in the marquee for Friday evening means that there is a limited number of Weekend (ie, Friday & Saturday) tickets (there are no Friday-only tickets) and they will sell out fast! so be sure to grab a Friday & Saturday ticket as soon as possible if you want to hop on the groovy train with Craig!
Saturday: What treats this year brings with Britpop legends CAST headlining. Formed in 1992 in Liverpool by frontman John Power and bassist Peter Wilkinson. CAST bring a back catalogue of hits that goes on and on. Hits such as ‘Alright’, ‘Fine Time’, ‘Walkaway’ and ‘Flying’. The timing for Cast to come to Corbridge is perfect too as they have just released a brand new track ‘Paper Chains’ from their forthcoming album ‘Kicking up the Dust’. The single is available to download now and the album is due to be released in the Spring.
Next up - From the Jam featuring former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, legendary vocalist & guitarist Russell Hastings and drummer Mike Randon, and they’re coming to Corbridge to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Jam’s debut album ‘In The City’. The band will be performing a selection of songs from the album as well The Jam’s greatest hits like ‘Going Underground’ and ‘a Town called Malice’. Bruce Foxton says "I can't believe it's 40 years since we were first signed to Polydor. It's a testament to the strength of the songs and of course the fans that we are able to continue touring with the intensity that we do!” The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977 delivering their ferocious mission statement - debut single ‘In The City’ – and in 1978 released their third album ‘All Mod Cons’. The Jam became the sound of The British youth and one of the greatest and biggest selling bands in British history.
Also performing at Corbridge this year is The Selecter a 2 tone ska revival band from Coventry formed in mid-1979, and famous for hits such as ‘On My Radio’ and ‘Three Minute Hero’. Led by iconic front woman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson they bring with them an incredibly talented band of musicians,. While the anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there, if anything, Pauline & Gaps are more driven than ever! Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of “Three Minute Hero”, “Missing Words” and “On My Radio”. Their latest album, Subculture, was mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty and released to critical acclaim in 2015.
Another recognisable name coming to Corbridge is Lucy Spraggan. Lucy, famous for hits such as ‘Last Night’ and ‘Tea and Toast’, may not have taken the traditional singer-songwriter route, but after three Top 40 albums and several sell-out tours, it’s clear to see she has developed a truly loyal fan base. Since she appeared on the X Factor in 2012, Lucy’s audition video has been viewed 35 million times on YouTube. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012 and after she came off the show she immediately signed to Columbia Records. Her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success and Lucy has enjoyed sell-out tours since then. She recently released her fourth studio album ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’, which entered at #12 in the official UK Album Charts.
Over the last few years, Keston Cobblers Club have been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness and Green Man; they’ve sold out their own headline tours, been play listed by 6Music and Amazing Radio and have been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. Their last album ‘Wildfire’, won them huge praise from MOJO Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, Songlines, fRoots and Clash. Burberry asked the band to perform at their Menswear SS2106 event to a VIP audience and after a triumphant UK tour including sell-out dates at London’s Lexington and Scala, the band were invited to open for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting, often a full-on celebration! Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country.
More than the music: Although the music is at the centre of things, Corbridge Festival is about much more than just the music; it’s the wonderfully friendly atmosphere of Corbridge that wins new friends year on year. The compact nature of the venue ensures that everything is close; no long walks between stages and parking near to the campsite, which is on the same site as the music arena. Parking is free and 2 nights camping is available. For full details of artists, tickets and everything else please see www.corbridgefestival.co.uk and join them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/corbridgefestival Tickets are on sale now from www.corbridge-festival.co.uk/tickets, currently priced at:
£43- Adult Weekend,
£35 - Adult Saturday only,
£25 Concession Weekend,
£20 Concession Saturday only.
Under 12’s FREE.
Friday and Saturday night camping is available at extra cost (see the website for prices)
Corbridge Festival is proud to support Josie’s Dragonfly Trust in 2017! Corbridge Festival will take place at Tynedale Park, Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5AY
Website − http://www.corbridge-festival.co.uk/