FOLLOWING on from the huge success of last May's all-day music festival, Leek's own not-for-profit music promoters, The Situation, are at it again.
This year's extravaganza, The Situation's Big May Birthday III, is set to be one of the biggest events of Leek Arts Festival 2014.
It will be held at The Foxlowe Arts Centre on Sunday, May 4, and include 21 acts on three stages in 12 hours.
Headlining will be British punk legends Vic Godard & Subway Sect, with original Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook on drums. Ably supported by some of the best bands and solo artists from the local area and further afield – acoustic, electric, pop, indie, alternative, folk, reggae, dub, punk, rock – this event has something for everyone.
The Situation member Simon Edwards said; "Subway Sect were at the vanguard of British punk from 1976, when they formed at the suggestion of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren. The band toured with The Clash in 1977, and released their first single, Nobody's Scared, in 1978.
"Vic Godard has been active in the music industry for most of the intervening years, and has a retrospective CD out now – Vic Godard & Subway Sect, 30 Odd Years."
Also on the bill for 'The Situation's Big May Birthday III' will be:
Moscow – Stoke-on-Trent's rising stars, this world-class darkwave act is much talked about for their startling live stage presence. Flank Dub Department – an incredible fusion of roots reggae, dancehall, hip hop, jazz, rock and more. Guarenteed dancing with these guys. Pickering White - combining influences from rock, pop, folk, country and blues into a powerful and retro yet original style. A fresh voice in the anodyne pop wilderness. Gravity Dave – original prog-punk-indie band from Leek. Incisive lyrics, artistic flare, rhythmic punch, with a tight back-beat and melody hooks – a new epic, catchy, relentless and unique sound. Vertigo Fish – Leek based original alt/indie rock band, fronted by The Situation's own Andy 'Dandy' Norton. Interlinked – punchy indie band with great hooks, from Leek. The Pale Faces – hardcore psychedelic pop for the soul – melodic, noisy and deeply strange, from Derby. The John MacLeod Band – veering between quirky, jaunty rock and sweet & gentle melodic songs. John MacLeod writes thoughtful and quirky songs about positivity in the face of adversity. Greg Murray – a singer-songwriter with tales to tug at your heartstrings. Julia Mosley – delicate and aetherial keyboard music with soaring vocals from a firm yet floaty favourite of The Situation. The Black Widows – Stoke-on-Trent alt-country/folk-rock six piece telling tales that people can dance to. Matt Henshaw – fantastic singer-songwriter from Ilkeston, a blue-eyed soul voice that's up there with the best of them. The Trent Vale Poet – the potherb ranter's first Leek outing. Bones & Melv – Leek's favourite buskers performing a set of their own catchy material. Joe Bennett – opening the day's proceedings on the patio stage, a local singer-songwriter with a distinctive voice and songs of love and life.
All that lot - and there are even more acts to be announced. The day starts at 12 noon, and runs until 12 midnight. Three stages and 21 acts – outdoor 'Patio Stage' featuring acoustic and stripped back sounds, followed by two alternating indoor stages. Tickets £6 in advance, from www.wegottickets.com or £7 on the door.