Hot the heels of the highly successful This is Tomorrow Festival, promoters SSD Concerts have today announced the final line-up for its next major open-air gathering of the summer on Tyneside.
Wasteland Festival, which is set to feature yet another epic weekend of live music in the city, has already confirmed its headliners, with naughties indie pace-setters Bloc Party (Friday July 14th), folk-punk legend Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Saturday 15th July), and the icon that is Richard Ashcroft (Sunday 16th July) all confirmed to take part.
And, in a drive to make this one of the North East most memorable festival seasons in modern memory, the rest of Wasteland Festival’s line-up is set to delight music fans once again.
As well as Bloc Party, who will play their career defying Silent Alarm album in full, the Friday leg will also welcome Liverpool rockers Circa Waves, post-punk revivalists Mystery Jets and Imogen to the billing.
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will be backed on their welcome return to the North East on the Saturday showing by no other than six acts, including fellow folk influencer Beans on Toast (the brainchild of the politically charged Jay McAllister), Newcastle’s Holy Moly & The Crackers and a secret act, soon to be announced.
To support Richard Ashcroft on the Sunday billing of Wasteland Festival demands a certain level of genius, and Peter Hook & The Light most certainly falls into this category. Performing classic hits from New Order and Joy Division’s back catalogue, fans of this golden era of 80s indie won’t be disappointed by the man who is arguably one of the most famous UK bassists of all time, backed by his all-star band.
The Sunday show will also see Cumbria’s quirky indie bods British Sea Power take to the stage as well as Louis Berry, Social Contract and Llovers.
Speaking about today’s announcement, Festival Organiser Steve Davis, said: “We promised a big live summer in Newcastle and we meant it. This is Tomorrow demonstrated our commitment to bringing major festivals to the region and Wasteland is no different.
“We’re delighted with the line-up and we’re all massive fans of the bands performing. The site is perfect for what we want to achieve with this event and we’re excited to start building it!”
Taking place at Spillers Wharf – on the site of the former Spillers Flour Mill – the event is set to shine a light on Tyneside’s industrial past and will serve as a welcome reminder of the continued programming of major high profile live music events in the region.
Tickets for Wasteland Festival are on sale now