‘80s band to head showcase

Johnny Hates Jazz
Johnny Hates Jazz

A chart-topping ‘80s duo are to headline a free summer music showcase in Northumberland.

Johnny Hates Jazz will be on stage at Northumberland Live in Bedlington on Saturday, July 16.

The band scored crowd-pleasing international hits with songs such as Shattered Dreams, which reached number 5 in the UK chart and number 2 in the United States, and I Don’t Want to be a Hero, a UK number 11 UK. The singles were taken from their debut album Turn Back The Clock, which topped the UK Album Charts in 1988 and grossed a massive four million record sales.

The family festival – Northumberland Live in Bedlington – has been born out of the runaway success of sister festival Northumberland Live that for the past two years has drawn big crowds to nearby Blyth.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, which is supporting the event, said: “Northumberland Live in Bedlington promises to be great event.

“Events and festivals are a proven way of highlighting an area as being a great place to live, work or set up business whilst providing an opportunity for communities to celebrate together. With live music, street theatre and family entertainment, it should be a day both for the residents of Bedlington and visitors to enjoy.”

Northumberland Live in Bedlington will take over Gallagher Park, where families will be able to stay for the full day and take along a picnic.

Aside from the music, there will be a fun selection of family entertainment and things to do, from street theatre to stalls selling locally-made goodies.

The event runs from 11am to 9pm and is free.

For further information visit the event’s Facebook page or Twitter @NlandLiveFest. For details about Johnny Hates Jazz see www.johnnyhatesjazz.com