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Northern Kin Festival

at The Castle Park, Stanhope
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Please note: Info provided by the Event Organiser

Set on the same site as the famous Stone Valley Festival and organised by the same team, Northern Kin Festival is back for a third year. Created by a dedicated team of live music enthusiasts, Northern Kin is perfect for lovers of Folk, Blues and Rock music, with a few musical surprises thrown in for good measure.

There'll be 3 days of wonderful live music to enjoy in the main marquee, and even more on the second acoustic stage, all in a beautiful rural setting, that is completely secure for all campers and only a short stroll from the village of Stanhope, with a safe, friendly atmosphere for all ages.

Visit www.northernkinfestival.co.uk for more information.

Second Stage

Friday 28th August
Saturday 29th August
Sunday 30th August

Headliners

Big Country

Big Country appearing at this event

“Timeless anthems for a very Big Country…a body of work that sweeps away the test of time” - Lancashire Evening Post Big Country perform classic hits and live favourites including Harvest Home - Fields of Fire - In A Big Country - Chance - Wonderland - Look Away - The Teacher, plus many more. Steeped in a stunning catalogue of proud and stirring hit songs such as ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’, ‘In A Big Country’ (which sold 2 million), ‘East Of Eden’ and their biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, along with massive albums such ‘The Seer’, ‘Steeltown’, ‘Peace In Our Time’ and the triple Grammy –nominated, ‘The Crossing’, Big Country continue to look beyond the next horizon. The band – Bruce Watson (guitars/vocals); Mark Brzezicki (drums, vocals); Jamie Watson (guitars/vocals) will be augmented on stage by singer/guitarist Simon Hough and bassist Scott Whitley. Formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members, the late Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson, both native of the band’s hometown Dunfermline in Scotland. Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that (with Producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving ‘The Crossing’ to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA. The run of success continued throughout the 1980s with the release of the anthemic single ‘Wonderland’ and the second album ‘Steeltown’ (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles ‘East Of Eden, ‘Just a Shadow’ and ‘Where The Rose Is Sown’.

See 51 tour dates featuring Big Country

Wishbone Ash

Wishbone Ash appearing at this event

More than 28 years after they were named the 'Brightest Hope' and the 'Best New Group' in the influential British music publications Melody Maker and Sounds, Wishbone Ash's following and influence continue unabated. In 2002, founder members Andy Powell and Ted Turner were voted among the top 20 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, and the group's albums continue to be strong sellers around the world. The current line-up is: Andy Powell, Bob Skeat, Muddy Manninen and Joe Crabtree. Having performed on five continents to worldwide acclaim, Wishbone Ash still perform more than 150 shows a year.

See 15 tour dates featuring Wishbone Ash

Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson appearing at this event

The original Dr Feelgood guitarist, Johnson's choppy guitar style and interesting dress sense kept pub-rock rocking the pubs during the 1970s. Following a stint with Ian Dury and The Blockheads, the Wilko Johnson Band was formed with ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums, adding up to one of the most exciting r'n'b bands in the world today.

See 32 tour dates featuring Wilko Johnson

The Castle Park

  • Stanhope
  • DL13 2LU

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