Here comes the summer to Northumberland Live

06 Jan 2017

Northumberland County Council has welcomed news of an exciting headline act for this year’s Northumberland Live at Blyth.
 
The Undertones have been announced as the first band to play next year’s Northumberland Live series of festivals. 
 
Timeless hits such as ‘Here Comes the Summer’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ and “My Perfect Cousin” will be heard across South Beach at Blyth on 24th June 2017 as well as the ground-breaking  ‘Teenage Kicks’ which was famously played twice in a row on primetime BBC Radio 1 by DJ John Peel.
 
The Undertones originally released four studio albums and thirteen singles before breaking up in 1983.  Now they are back after reforming in 1999 with a new frontman, the flamboyant Paul McLoone who took over from original singer Feargal Sharkey.
 
Recently the band has played at sell out venues and festivals all over Europe but it will be their first ever visit to Blyth. The festival’s tradition of staging bands with well known sing a long songs follows on from last year’s successful appearance of Scouting For Girls at Northumberland Live where approximately 15,000 people turned out to watch the band and enjoy all of the other activities on offer.
 
Once again, Blyth Town Council will sponsor the Northumberland Live Festival at Blyth and  
Chair of Blyth Town Council Events Committee, Councillor Kath Nisbet, is already looking forward to the festival.  “Northumberland Live is all about bringing the very best international acts to South East Northumberland; and at the same time giving local performers a chance to star alongside these chart favourites. I’m delighted that this festival helps to put Blyth on the cultural map and encourages tourism and investment. The Undertones are a quality band that appeal to people of all ages and together with a great range of support acts, Northumberland Live at Blyth is guaranteed to be a great free family fun day out.”
 
Councillor Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council said: “It is great to see this festival in Blyth going from strength to strength.  We know that previous events have been very well attended and provided a great cultural attraction as well as a huge boost to the local economy.”
 
Organiser of the event, Mel Jackson from Jigsaw Event Management said.” This is a great opportunity for music lovers, families and the people of Northumberland and for those travelling from near and far to attend the festival to have a great free day out in Blyth.  As usual, there’ll be something for everyone with a family activities area, superb street theatre, fun fair, wonderful food concessions and of course, great music.
 
“We are delighted to announce that this year’s media partner will be Metro Radio who will add a new dimension to the festival.”
 
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