A new festival looks to set be a highlight of the music calendar with its bumper line-up – and you could be there for free.
Primal Scream, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Chase and Status are among those topping the bill at Down To The Woods this summer.
The festival, which replaces Hardwick Live, will run at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, County Durham, on August 13 and 14.
Multi-platinum selling Chase and Status have been named as one of the headliners, alongside Scottish legends Primal Scream, with platinum selling Catfish and the Bottlemen – undoubtedly one of the most exciting guitar bands to hit the music industry in a decade – also added to the bill.
Chase and Status, set to headline 50,000 capacity festivals elsewhere, will be headlining the 10,000 capacity Down To The Woods. The duo, known for their incendiary live performances, bang out their multiple number ones with tracks like Blind Faith.
The exponents of drum and bass have also produced tracks for mammoth acts such as Rihanna, Rita Ora and Example and, with fans such as Pharrell Williams and Jay Z, the Down To The Woods crowd are assured of a huge performance.
Scottish heroes Primal Scream, will bring their huge back catalogue of anthems like Rocks. Movin’ On Up and Loaded as well as tunes from their latest album.
Meanwhile, Catfish and the Bottlemen have taken the UK by storm and are one of the biggest live acts around with huge tracks like Kathleen, Cocoon and Soundcheck.
Festival artist booker, tinyCOW’s Lee O’Hanlon, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to land an amazing line-up like this. Primal Scream, Chase and Status, Catfish and the Bottlemen, loads more incredible acts and even more yet to come.
“Primal Scream headline much larger festivals in their own right and Catfish and the Bottlemen have already sold out the 8,000 capacity Manchester Castlefield Bowl this summer, putting in context what a massive coup securing all of these great acts really is.”
The line-up doesn’t stop there. Other acts include Radio One favourites Vant, fronted by Seaham’s Mattie Vant, and Clean Cut Kid.
Echo and the Bunnymen bring their massive tunes, including the anthemic Nothing Lasts Forever and The Selecter will deliver their “ska with bite” on the main stage, whilst newer acts such as The Jacques will further contribute the festival.
The festival’s Foxes Folly Stage will deliver some top new acts, championed by headliners The Sunshine Underground and Peter Hook & The Light led by the former Joy Division and New Order frontman.
Other acts set to appear on this stage during the weekend include hotly-tipped artists like Kloe, Holy Esque, Pixel Fix and Kagoule. There will also be a line-up of live comedy and DJs.
•Weekend tickets for Down To The Woods, priced at £99 per adult, £28 for young people aged 13 to 16 and £15 for children aged three to 12, are available at http://downtothewoodsfestival.co.uk. A number of single day tickets, priced at £55, £15 and £8 are also on sale, with camping pitches starting at £30 per tent. To win a pair of weekend tickets, worth nearly £200, answer this question: which country are Primal Scream from?
Send your answer and contact details on a postcard to Down to the Woods Competition, Katy Wheeler, Northeast Press, 2nd Floor, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, DH4 5RA. Alternatively, email your answer and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: May 19.