Festival for everyone hits new venue

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Rob Ottaway, of The Percy Hedley Foundation, and festival organiser Alistair McDonald.
Rob Ottaway, of The Percy Hedley Foundation, and festival organiser Alistair McDonald.
19 May 2017 1:34PM

THE North-East 'festival for everyone' will be held at a new venue for one year only.

Chase Park Festival will be held at Gateshead's Saltwell Park when it returns on August 26 as its normal venue in Whickham is out of bounds while much needed repairs are carried out at the site.

Festival organiser Alistair McDonald found the perfect temporary venue in the iconic Victorian setting of Saltwell to ensure the event, which has had Irish rock legends Ash and Sunderland's The Futureheads headline in the past, would go ahead for the eighth time.

He said: "It's great that Chase Park Festival will return for another year, and it feels amazing to be back.

"It isn't easy to keep on bringing it back each year, but we really think this one is going to be our biggest, most accessible, and best yet.

"This will be the first time we have moved from our spiritual home of Chase Park. We are still Chase Park Festival but this time around we are Chase Park Festival @ Saltwell Park, and we really hope that our audience will see this as a positive move.

"The access at Saltwell is great and there is a real heritage of great events, such as Enchanted Parks, which we hope will mean we will see a good crowd on the day.

"Saltwell Park really is an amazing place to hold a music festival."

This year, the festival team has hooked up with one of Newcastl's leading live promoters, SSD Concerts, to deliver what they believe is their strongest line-up. The schedule will be revealed in the coming weeks.

With support from the Arts Council and Gateshead Council, the team is looking forward to the event as it works with a number of partners, including the Percy Hedley Foundation.

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