AN EXCITING line-up of musicians has been announced for a twice-yearly festival making quite a name for itself in a village near Uttoxeter.
Marchington Melee’s third event will take place on March 7 and 8 at the village hall, in Main Street.
Last year’s events saw hundreds of music-lovers gather to enjoy a host of renowned acts from the Uttoxeter area and beyond.
Three-piece rock band Willie and the Bandits and Cajun accordion legend Lil’ Jim headlined the two gigs put on last year.
And local bands, including The Foaming Pints and Satnam’s Tash, provided the support slots.
This year, a fresh line-up has been organised by promoter Paul Needham, landlord of successful music pub the Dog and Partridge.
Party band the Midnight Pumpkin Trucks will headline the Friday night.
They play a range of well-known anthems from the likes of Oasis, The Fratellis, Blur, Green Day, the Who, Razorlight, Robbie Williams and The Beatles.
They will endeavour to keep revellers dancing long into the night.
A statement from the band’s management reads: “This band knows how to enjoy themselves and, whilst they sound as good as this, they will keep on packing the folks in.
“So, when you go to a Pumpkins gig, you get a guaranteed evening of quality music with excellent visual entertainment which comes complete with their own professional sound system and light show.”
Support will come from Abandon Her, who performed at the Dog and Partridge’s Sunday Club’s first birthday earlier this month.
The Saturday night will yield a real treat, with Fat Digester taking to the Marchington Village Hall stage.
They are a firm favourite with the organisers of Dovefest, who put them on in the festival’s main support slot last year.
They are championed by DJ and Red Dwarf actor Craig Charles and play jazz, funk and hip-hop fusion with a huge live band.
Rocket 88 and Dog and Partridge favourites Swamp Trash, playing their own brand of Cajun and Celtic music, will provide support for the show.
Paul Needham said: “Let’s make this one bigger and better than the last two.
“You will see we’ve added a few favourites band wise and added a few newcomers.
“There will be around 20 cask ales and ciders and we have hired the services of a chip van to provide the much needed food to soak up the beer.”
Swamp Trash are also set to appear at the Dog on Sunday.
Their gig gets underway at around 5pm at the Church Lane venue.
Further information about Marchington Melee or the Sunday Club is available by calling Paul at the Dog and Partridge on 01283 820394.