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Music Editorial

chasepark17.jpg Chase Park festival goes MEGA

The north-east’s festival for everyone has moved from Chase Park to Saltwell Park but is still going by the name Chase Park Festival. Confused? You won’t be when you let your eyes gorge themselves on their greatest line-up ever.

And that greatest line-up ever is headed up by one of the finest live bands I have ever seen in the shape of The Coral who exploded onto the indie scene back in the early 2000s with tracks such as Dreaming of You, Pass It On and In the Morning. They also released a clutch of well-rounded albums that culminated in last year’s Distance Inbetween, which was probably their best yet. I’ve seen them live countless times and they always knock it out of the park. And the park in this case is going to be Gateshead’s lovely Saltwell Park, which surely won’t have witnessed anything like this in its long history.

I’m also super-psyched by the rest of the line-up that features the cream of local talent including Little Comets (their infectious indie is a jangly, multi-rhythmic delight), Cattle & Cane (these Teessiders were recipients of our Album of the Month slot earlier this year and play lush and harmonious tunes that simply soar), Boy Jumps Ship (Newcastle rock band packing melodic and fiery riffs), and Alex Francis, Vito and James Leonard Lewiston.

And as well as providing everyone with such a quality line-up the festival also caters for disabled people and gives them the opportunity to be involved in an activity that most people take for granted, as well as the chance to enjoy a feel-good community event. The whole idea behind the festival is to be inclusive for everyone regardless of ability, and as well as being a really accessible event Chase Park Festival is also very family friendly with loads of activities for kids, too. Gig of the month? I’m calling it!

Chase Park Festival, Saturday 26 August, Saltwell Park, Gateshead, 12 noon-9pm, £7/£12.50 (family tickets also available). chaseparkfestival.co.uk