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After living in Whickham for a major part of my life, I certainly never expected to be singing along to The Futureheads or see Tim Wheeler of 90s pop punk heroes Ash shred the chords of Girl From Mars across the road from my local GP. Over the last five years, a tiny park in my town has played host to some of the biggest UK acts around and it’s been a bit surreal. The recent headliners of Chase Park Festival have provided a special kind of atmosphere to music fans who would not otherwise be able to experience them. Disability access is at the forefront of the festival’s purpose, and organisers have built a strong reputation for providing gold standard service and a platform for voices of the disabled community. There’s something very special about seeing the organisers pull off such huge line-ups each year and 2016 looks to be even bigger.

Taking place on Saturday 6th August, Sheffield indie rockers Reverend & The Makers are set to headline the all-day event alongside alt. folk four-piece Stornoway, The Futureheads’ Barry Hyde and Ben Ottewell of Gomez fame. The line-up will also continue to feature some of the North East’s most promising local talent including folk singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby and RnB pop trio SoShe, who both impressed at this year’s Evolution Emerging. This one’s not to be missed.

Chase Park Festival takes place at Chase Park, Whickham on Saturday 6th August.


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