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Chase Park Festival @ Saltwell Park – this Saturday!

21 August 2017 Community News Entertainment Featured What's On


Chase Park Festival 2017Can you believe it’s already been a year since the last Chase Park Festival?  Neither can we.  But from this year’s stellar line-up, we’re seeing things look up and up for one of the North East’s major music magnets.  Here’s why you should head to Saltwell Park this Saturday…

For a start, the 8th year of Chase Park Festival @ Saltwell sees Sunderland’s own Boy Jumps Ship join the line-up alongside Newcastle’s Little Comets & the awesome Cattle and Cane from Teeside.

“I get the feeling that this year’s festival is going to have a bit of something for everyone.”, says Matt Hall, bassist of  Little Comets.  The other bands that are playing are all fantastic.  I’ve not had a chance to attend the festival before, I’ve missed the last couple of years because we’ve been on the road performing at other festivals but I’m very excited to see how it all goes down this year, and with the new location, it should be extra special.”

Little Comets, whose festival-friendly hits include the likes of ‘One Night In October’, ‘Worry’ and ‘Jennifer’, released their fourth studio album Worhead in 2017 to critical acclaim, and have been doing what they do best ever since – wowing crowds and playing the world’s festival circuit.

But this year, Chase Park Festival @ Saltwell‘s organisers are bragging – and rightly so – that this “festival for everyone” is drawing in more & more major names than ever; Liverpool’s The Coral will be making a welcome return to the region, heading up the Festival’s awesome-looking lineup that promises to make for a superb Saturday celebration.

Alistair McDonald, the festival’s organiser, said:  “We’re delighted to secure The Coral as our headline act and I think it shows we are growing as a festival.  We’re all massive fans of The Coral and they’re a brilliant live act.  We wanted a lineup that was going to make people sit up and take notice and I think we’ve done that.”

But there’s more than just the main stage; a huge part of the appeal of Chase Park Festival @ Saltwell is its sister stage, where you can expect to see talented disabled artists from around the North East – so if you want to support the area’s flourishing grass-roots music scene, there really is no better festival.

“We want to give local emerging disabled artists a platform to develop their audiences, so it’s really important that the line up will bring in the crowds.”  “Part of the ethos of the event is to provide an event that is accessible to all and to create a create a unique atmosphere, you only do that if you have a great line up that will appeal to people from all walks of life.”

With the 8th year of the festival now only five days away, Alistair & the team are making final touches to an event that truly  means the world to them, and one that’s showing signs of growth year on year:  “I hope that fans of the event who have been coming for years will get behind the move and that we will see new faces from Gateshead coming along too.  The transport links from Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham are fantastic so we really hope that we will have a good crowd in 2017.”

“We were over the moon to receive support from the Arts Council to help us bring the event back in 2017. The new location and the incredible line up we have combined should mean that Chase Park 2017 will be a real cracker!”

General admission is £12.50,
£7 for people with disabilities (carers go free),
for anyone under 16 it’s just £7,
and a family ticket (2 Adults / 2 Children) is £33.

For more information, and to grab tickets, head to chaseparkfestival.co.uk


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