Toploader and Doctor and the Medics lined up for free Northumberland festival

Toploader, who will headline this year's Northumberland Live festival in Blyth.
Toploader, who will headline this year's Northumberland Live festival in Blyth.

Two chart-topping acts have been lined up for a free Northumberland music festival.

Northumberland Live has confirmed that Toploader and Doctor and The Medics will headline this year’s free festival at Blyth beach, along with a host of local acts.

People in Northumberland are so friendly and we can’t wait to get the summer festival vibe going.

Clive Jackson, Doctor and the Medics

Toploader had a huge hit with their first album, Onka’s Big Moka, which was released in 2000. It sold over a million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK Albums Chart for over six months. They were the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium and their cover of King Harvest’s US hit ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global success.

Singer and keyboard player Joseph Washbourne said: “This will be our second time playing in Northumberland and we’re really looking forward to it. Crowds are always amazing in the North East and coming from a seaside town ourselves it’ll be like home from home for us.”

Doctor and the Medics lead singer Clive Jackson said: “It is going to be a brilliant day out and a chance to get people of all ages dancing and singing along to songs like Spirit in the Sky.

“People in Northumberland are so friendly and we can’t wait to get the summer festival vibe going at Blyth.”

Local bands will also share the bill and a talent contest will be launched, offering Northumberland musicians a chance to perform on the big stage alongside the headliners.

As well as the music, there will be street theatre, while locally-based food suppliers will showcase the best Northumberland produce.

Council Leader Grant Davey said: “Northumberland Live was a huge success last year with 5,000 visitors. This is a fabulous free festival for all the family with music, food and entertainment, and is a great advert for the county.

“I hope as many people as possible come along and share a great day out at the Northumberland seaside with their family and friends.”

The festival takes place at the Mermaid car park on Saturday, June 27, from noon to 9pm.

Free parking will be available in the centre of Blyth, Blyth Quayside or the Ranch car park, and there will be a free park and ride service on dedicated buses. Northumberland County Council is encouraging people to use public transport, or make their way to the festival on foot or by bike.