Bloc Party and Frank Turner to headline new North East festival

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Bloc Party and Frank Turner will headline a new outdoor weekend festival.

Three-day live music festival, Wasteland, will take place at Spillers Wharf, Newcastle, from July 12-14 and will feature three headline acts.

Indie icons Bloc Party will be performing on Friday July 12, punk and folk legend Frank Turner on Saturday, July 13 and a third soon to be announced major artist on Sunday, July 14.

Festival organiser, Steve Davis, said: “We hope Wasteland becomes a firm favourite of the North East festival calendar. It will offer something truly different. We’ll have street theatre, local ales and food produce and a line-up that has been handpicked to represent the working class values of the region and our proud industrial heritage.

“We are in a privileged position to be able to bring such acts to the North East and we feel there is a gap in the market for an event that is more than just music related. We’re excited to execute a project of this scale and we can’t wait for the site build to begin.

As part of the festival, indie band Bloc Party will make a welcome return to the North East and have promised to perform their debut album Silent Alarm on the Friday leg of the event in full alongside other classics.

Meanwhile, the award-winning folk songsmith Frank Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls will be flying into Newcastle to perform another rousing set of his back catalogue as part of the Saturday billing.

Steve added: “This is only the beginning of a wave of amazing announcements for Wasteland.

“People are going to love the Sunday headliner once announced and we’ll be hosting a full programme of live music on each of three days. Stay tuned for updates.”

Bloc Party will continue to celebrate their 2005 debut record this summer at Wasteland on the back of a string of sell-out shows throughout the UK.

The four-piece’s debut LP came out back in February 2005, and the band played special UK shows in London and Leeds back in October in honour of the record.

Now they will be taking Silent Alarm around the UK this summer including the outdoor gathering on Tyneside.

Frank Turner, who grew up in Winchester, is now one of the biggest names on the rock circuit having played at the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics as well as selling out some of the biggest arenas in the country.

•Tickets for Bloc Party and Frank Turner will be on sale Friday 8th March at 10 am. Tickets for Bloc Party are priced at £37.50, Frank Turner £39.50 and ticket prices for the Sunday show are TBC. Tickets will be available from https://www.gigsnortheast.co.uk/