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Festival season can be a busy time of year: in an increasingly competitive market, it feels like you could trip over on the way to work and fall into the latest supposedly boutique offering, replete with all the usual Britpop casualties padding the bill.

One local festival worth your attention though is Woodhorn Festival, whose first bow takes place in Ashington Football Club over Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July. Although camping tickets are available, for those happy enough to turn up on the day Woodhorn remains a free entry festival, which only makes this year’s bill all the more impressive.

The jewel in their crown this year is their Saturday night headliner, the one and only Wilko Johnson. Johnson’s raw and remarkable take on blues guitar, alongside his offbeat and charismatic stage presence, has seen him face down trends, fashions (and, most recently and wonderfully, seemingly terminal illness) to keep bringing the fire in his own unique way.

Joining him on the Saturday is ex-Stranglers man Hugh Cornwell, alongside Ashington’s finest, the mighty St. James Infirmary. The Friday boats a more punk flavoured bill featuring The Smokin’ Coconuts alongside headliner Ed ‘Tudor’ Pole, while on the Sunday acts like Clippah and headliner Martin Stephenson and the Daintees bring things to a more traditionalist end.

Woodhorn Festival takes place in Ashington Football Club over Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July

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