Lightning Seeds star at festival

THE LIGHTNING Seeds in action

THE LIGHTNING Seeds in action

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INDIE band Lightning Seeds are to join Echo And The Bunnymen as the headline acts at the Headstock music festival in Newstead.

The band, who are famous for ‘Three Lions’, the chart-topping hit of the England football team, plus hits such as ‘Pure’, ‘The Life Of Riley’ and ‘Lucky You’, will take to the main stage for the final night of the event, which will run from Friday September 9 to Sunday September 11.

The announcement is another feather in the cap for the second annual not-for-profit festival, which is staged in the heart of the newly-created Annesley and Newstead Country Park.

The event is billed as the Dispatch district’s answer to the world-famous Glastonbury Festival. Last year’s inaugural staging was nominated for best newcomer in the UK Festival Awards.

Also joining the bill are the Herbalizer Band, who are a jazz rap act.

The freshly-announced groups are part of a line-up which already includes 1980s post-punk act Echo And The Bunnymen, who signed up earlier this year, modern folk duo Turin Brakes, DJ and former ‘Red Dwarf’ TV star Craig Charles, singer-songwriter Nick Harper and experimental electronic folk act Tuung.

A host of other activities will include art workshops, local traders, charities and food stalls. An area dedicated to children has been dubbed Kidstock.

Headstock was dreamed up in Newstead by a dedicated group of volunteers — the same Future Newstead team behind an ambitious project to create the spectacular country park on former colliery land between the village and neighbouring Annesley (SEE PAGE 15).