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Another weekend, another festival from promoters SSD Concerts, who are riding high after a successful This Is Tomorrow festival back in May.

Wasteland Festival is yet another high profile event, this time bringing a raft of household names to Spiller’s Wharf on Newcastle’s Quayside from Friday 12th-Sunday 14th July.

In something of a coup for the region, Friday’s headliners Bloc Party will play their career-defining debut album Silent Alarm in full. Released in 2005 (yes, you are officially old) tracks like the quick tempo classic Helicopter and the mellow yet infectious Blue Light saw the band catapulted into every indie disco goer’s heart.

Add Liverpool rockers Circa Waves, post-punk revivalists Mystery Jets and North East songwriter Imogen to the line-up and we’ve got a pretty exceptional kick off for the weekend.

Saturday will be a mellower affair, as folk punk legend Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls take on headline duties, joined by an array of talent including charming folk singer Beans on Toast, Newcastle’s own folk rockers Holy Moly & The Crackers, Mancunian emo band Hot Milk, songwriter Sean McGowan, local newcomer Stay Free and one more secret artist yet to be announced.

To close the weekend, Wasteland will welcome former Verve frontman and Britpop royalty Richard Ashcroft to perform in the headline slot. He’ll be joined by Peter Hook and The Light as well as Cumbria’s enviro-rockers British Sea Power, Liverpudlian rocker Louis Berry, pop rockers Social Contract and the region’s very own catchy alt. indie band, Llovers.

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