Foursome from Sunderland join festival line-up

Tewkesbury Admag: Barry Hydek, the lead singer of Futureheads. Barry Hydek, the lead singer of Futureheads.

MASS participation and sing-along choruses are on the cards at this year’s Nozstock – The Hidden Valley festival following the announcement of the latest bill toppers.

Sunderland post-punk power quartet the Futureheads have been unveiled as Saturday night headliners of the Orchard Stage at the event in Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard.

They are currently touring Rant, their a capella record, but will be plugging in the amps for a full electric set for an authentic, frenetic live festival experience at the event, which runs from Friday to Sunday, July 27-29.

Having burst onto the scene in the early noughties with stabbing guitars and infectious four-part harmonies, Futureheads hurtled to number eight in the charts with their much loved cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love in 2005.

They have gone on to release songs such as Decent Days and Nights and The Beginning of the Twist.

Elsewhere on the musical landscape, DJ Zinc headlines the same stage on Friday, while North London skapunk rockers Imperial Leisure, Kal Lavelle, The Caezers, Jake Bugg, Kentish Fire and We Steal Thieves have been named, alongside many more.

With a theme of myths and legends there is plenty to entertain away from the music stages.

By day the Bantam Of The Opera tent will offer the opportunity to learn circus tricks, belly dancing and acrobatics or soak up puppet shows and physical theatre.

When the clock reaches midnight the tent will be transformed for burlesque on Friday and a mix of cabaret, humour, song and dance on Saturday.

The roving Tent Of Temporary Thought will spring up in different locations across the weekend featuring a selection of the UK’s finest wordsmiths delivering a wide range of talks, poetry, spoken word and forums.

For those who feel the creative itch the new and improved arts and crafts area features classes and demos of such forgotten arts as chalk carving, haberdashery, coppicing, spoon carving and blacksmith forgery.

For more information and tickets go to nozstock.com

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