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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Playground all set to rock

A TOP weekend of live music is set to rock Whitehaven.

The second annual At The Playground festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday) and will feature dozens of acts across five stages.

The star-studded line-up includes The Pigeon Detectives, Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler and Oscar Harrison, The Lottery Winners, Twisted Wheel and Sound of Guns at the two-day extravaganza at Whitehaven Rugby Union Club.

“We’re really excited by the line-up and the strong ticket sales,” said David Eldon, of promoters The Mighty Boof. “Everyone seems up for a great weekend.”

As well as the headliners, the festival will feature the best of the local music scene, including acoustic performers and DJs, plus a Northern Soul clothing tent.

Tomorrow is headlined by The Lottery Winners, Sound of Guns and James Walsh (of Starsailor fame) and doors open at 4pm.

The Pigeon Detectives, Simon and Oscar, Smokin’ Barrels and Twisted Wheel star on Saturday, when doors open at noon.

The festival was due to have been hosted by Happy Mondays legend Bez. However, the Mondays added an extra date to their tour which means that Bez is unable to fulfil his commitment to the Playground.

David said: “It’s disappointing that Bez has had to pull out, but his obligation to the Happy Mondays superseded us. But he’s promised he’ll be here to do an event for us in the future.”

All the stages will be undercover if the weather is poor, however the covers will be removed if the sun is shining.

Headliners The Pigeon Detectives are a major coup for The Boof, having enjoyed huge success with two top five albums (Wait For Me in 2007 and Emergency the following year) and a string of hit singles, most notably Romantic Type and I’m Not Sorry.

Elsewhere, Simon and Oscar will perform their much sought-after acoustic set, featuring songs that made Ocean Colour Scene’s name including The Day We Caught The Train and The Riverboat Song.

The local bands set to perform include Balmoral Road, Shore, Mazzoni, Vanya, House of Three Hands and Mama Sang and the Robot.

A limited number of tickets are still available, priced at £12 for the Friday, £25 for the Saturday and £30 for the whole weekend. Under-12s cost £5 per day.

They are available from Threads (Whitehaven), Workington Music Store, Four Play Cycles (Cockermouth), S4 (Carlisle) and Beggar’s Theatre (Millom). A booking fee applies.

See The Whitehaven News next week for full coverage.

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