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Dave McPherson of InMe fame to perform at the debut Alecoustic at The Roebuck in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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THE frontman of a top 40 act will be head-lining at a new festival in Leek this year.

The Alecoustic Festival on July 26, which organisers promise will be one of the highlights of the town's musical calendar, will be hosted by the Roebuck in association with Titanic Brewery and event promoter Jonathan 'Jp' Parsons.

The music extravaganza will play host to a line up of national and international talents from across the UK and from USA as well as some of the best local acts that Leek and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Jp, a radio presenter on 6towns Radio and session musician, said: "It is very important that a town with so much to offer in arts and culture like Leek has its own music festival that can offer such an array of national and international talent in an intimate setting and with absolutely no ticket price.

"We didn't want to fall into the realms of the average beer festival.

"Leek is a town that shares a multitude of different musical tastes and I've worked very hard to bring together the best line-up possible from the world of rock and acoustic genres."

Manager of the Roebuck, Nick Bradstreet, added: "We are very excited to be hosting the event as we enjoy the monthly Live in the Lounge acoustic nights and feel this event will be perfect to top off our summer of live music and entertainment."

Local acts already confirmed are the exceptional Autumn Lungs and front-man of Tri random and the very talented songsmith Venn Goodwin.

National acts already confirmed are Mick Squalor, who is no stranger to music festivals and has preformed in some of the Biggest that the UK has to offer including Leeds and Reading with his band Dingus Khan. Also taking the main support slot flying in specially from California USA is the lead singer of Far and One Line Drawing; the brilliant Jonah Magtranga.

The anticipated headline slot will be filled by non other than InMe front-man Dave McPherson.

Dave has been working on solo acoustic tracks since 2004 when not on the road with his UK top 40 charting alternative rock group InMe.

This will be Dave's first visit to Leek. He said: "I am very excited to share my music in such a intimate setting."

Very few slots are left for the one day festival, therefore festival organisers recommend that all local music talent should pop along to the "Live in the Lounge" Acoustic nights on the last Sunday of each month at the Derby Street venue, which start from February, where they can audition to be a part of the festival.

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