Chart stars of past and present have been revealed as performers for Huddlefest – a large music festival set to take place in Greenhead Park in September.
Plans to host the 10,000 capacity music and arts event were first revealed in April.
Festival bosses Denzel Roach and Daniel Atkins have now unveiled the first set of artists and promised even bigger ones are still to come.
The main stage will host Fuse ODG, Utah Saints, the Inspiral Carpets and Aswad.
Urban dance act Fuse ODG notched a number seven chart hit last year featuring former Fugees vocalist Wyclef.
The Utah Saints are fondly remembered for their 90s hit Something Good and have been DJing and playing gigs around the globe since the birth of house music.
Manchester indie group the Inspiral Carpets enjoyed success throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, including their anthemic chart hit ‘This Is How It Feels’.
The band, now reformed with original singer Stephen Holt, are due to release a new album later this year.
British reggae group Aswad have been around since the 1970s but hit the mainstream in 1988 when single ‘Don’t Turn Around’ surged to number one in the UK charts. Five years later they also reached number five with ‘Shine’.
The organisers plan to reveal more main stage acts, including the headliners, over the next few weeks.
Festival boss, Denzel Roach, said: “It’s massively important to us that whether it’s a group of friends coming to the festival or a family with children, that everyone leaves Greenhead Park feeling euphoric with a smile on their face.
“We’ve already signed more big names but we’re still finalising a few things with their management teams - but we can’t wait to announce them and we’re really excited that it’s going ahead.”
A host of local acts have also been announced after a ‘Road to Huddlefest’ battle of the bands contest at Bar 1:22.
They are Mad Jack and the Hatters, Allusondrugs, Colt 45, Dirty Green Vinyl, Jah Maica, Bang Bang Romeo and Barcode Zebra.
Huddlefest will be on Saturday, September 20.
Tickets: £35 for adults, £30 for students, £15 for under 16 (under 12 are free) or £70 for a family of 4 (with children under 16 – 2 x Adults 2 x Under 16). Purchase online at www.huddlefest.co.uk or contact the festival team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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