Echo and Bunnymen to headline Headstock

Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen
Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen

POST-punk band Echo And The Bunnymen will hop into the Dispatch district to headline the second annual Headstock music festival at Newstead later this year.

The Liverpool band gained a cult audience in the 1980s before achieving mainstream success with top-ten hits like ‘The Killing Moon’, which more recently featured on the soundtrack of the film ‘Donnie Darko’.

Now the act are headlining the not-for-profit festival which, last year, attracted more than 2,000 revellers to the newly-created Newstead and Annesley Country Park.

Joining the Bunnymen on the bill for Headstock, which is on Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11, are modern folk duo Turin Brakes, DJ and Red Dwarf star Craig Charles, singer-songwriter Nick Harper and experimental electronic folk act Tuung.

The announcement marks another milestone for the event, which is billed as the area’s answer to the iconic Glastonbury festival.

Last year’s inaugural Headstock event was headlined by multi-platinum group Ash. The event narrowly missed out on a prestigious gong at the UK Festival Awards.

The 2011 renewal features 60 acts on four stages, plus arts workshops, local traders, charities and food stalls. There is also a dedicated children’s area, Kidstock.

Headstock was dreamed up in Newstead by a dedicated group of volunteers, known as the Future Newstead team, which is also behind an ambitious project to create the spectacular country park on former colliery land between the village and neighbouring Annesley.

The land is being developed with the help of a grant of £433,140 from the Village SOS scheme, which involves BBC TV and the Big Lottery Fund.

OUR PHOTO shows Echo And The Bunnymen’s lead singer Ian McCulloch.