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Wilkestock is taking place this weekend

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

  • Dirk Digglers at The Wilkes in 2013.

  • The Tetleys at The Wilkes.

  • July's Wilkestonbury at the Wilkes Head.

  • The Tone Poets. From the left: Chris, Jim, Marc, and Ash.

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A BAND, which has not played together for three years, will be performing at a mini-music festival in a pub car park this weekend.

The next installment of the ever-popular music festivals at the Wilkes Head in Leek will be taking place on Sunday (August 10) from around 2.30pm.

Wilkestock is the second out of three annual festivals which are hosted from a stage in the St Edward Street pub's car park.

Landlord Malcolm Moger, and his staff and crew, always manage to create an amazing festival atmosphere and the multitude of talent which is showcased on the Wilkes stage is just fantastic.

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This year's line-up for Wilkestock includes The Tone Poets, Dirk Digglers Blues Revue, Cardinal, Crawlin From The Wreckage, Los Angeles, The Rubber Sound Experiment and headliners The Tetleys.

Leek band The Tone Poets is made up of James Hawkyard on vocals, Marc Wilson on guitar and vocals, Chris Allen on bass guitar, and drummer Ash Clay.

Marc said: "The last time we played together was nearly three years ago at the 02 academy in Liverpool.

"We decided it was time meet up and work on some new material and record some new tracks with a possible music video to follow.

"There is no agenda - we are just writing music and going with the flow and aim to play a select group of gigs.

"We played a lot of gigs in 2010 and 2011including Manchester Academy, The Cavern, 02 Academy Liverpool and the Taxi Music Convention in Los Angeles, so it's interesting getting back in a room together as four friends writing again and having a laugh.

"Three years is a long break but we always have a habit of getting back together to make music, just that this time is less serious and more about the music and writing.

"If you are into guitar bands with catchy melodies and an alternative indie vibe then come and see us play.

"The Wilkes Head festivals never disappoint and are a great way of checking out some awesome local talent.

"Our gig there will consist of all original Tone Poets songs with two new songs in 'Midnight Oil' and 'Getting My Way' which have been written in the last four weeks since getting back together to make music."

Tickets, as always for Wilkestock, will be free and are available from behind the bar at The Wilkes Head.

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