Not for profit festival Headstock has unveiled the first names on the line up for this summer’s event.
The decline of heavy industry in Britain left whole communities devastated. A small village near Nottingham, Newstead was almost completely dependent on a nearby coal mine to provide employment.
Its closure in 1987 left the area in crisis. Since then, the community have banded together in an attempt to provide a future for the village of Newstead.
Amongst the measures they have tried is a not for profit music festival. A way to bring the community together, Headstock was set up last summer and enjoyed a tremendously successful first instalment.
Returning for another weekend of music, Headstock 2011 comes as the village enjoys a boost. BBC One are filming a documentary on the area, focussing on their efforts to give Newstead a future.
Taking place between September 9th – 11th, Headstock 2011 will be headlined by Echo & The Bunnymen. The Liverpool post-punk icons remain a huge draw, with their ‘Ocean Rain’ anniversary tour recently delighting fans.
Set to perform at Headstock, the band will bring along a sizeable back catalogue which includes some vital albums. Joining Echo & The Bunnymen at the event is an eclectic bill spread across five stages.
Turin Brakes will perform, while actor turned radio star Craig Charles will bring his funk and soul roadshow to Headstock. Elsewhere, acoustic star Nick Harper will perform while Tunng will play a typically brain melting set of folk meets electronica.
Situated in the community’s own 230 acre park, Headstock 2011 is a not for profit event which also includes street theatre, workshops, arts installations and even an area dedicated to children.
Headstock runs between September 9th – 11th.