15:00 Tuesday 28 January 2014

10CC to headline Acoustic Festival

Written byJENNY MOODY

AN English rock band famed with many of the big hits of the 70s is the latest big name to headline a major festival in Uttoxeter.

10CC has been revealed as the latest act to join the Acoustic Festival of Britain, to be held at Uttoxeter Racecourse on the May bank holiday weekend.

Festival goers can expect to hear some classics from the rockers including the massive hits I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday.

A festival spokesman said: “Anyone who’s attended a 10CC concert in recent years is likely to have seen band co-founder Graham Gouldman’s opening acoustic set, featuring some of the hits he wrote for other artistes.

“The success of those performances, in which fellow 10CC band members back Gouldman, has evolved into Heart Full of Songs.”

Organiser Mike Stevens told the Advertiser 10CC will take to the stage for an unplugged set on the Saturday afternoon.

He said: “I am absolutely chuffed to bits. We did try to chase them last year but they were not prepared to do an acoustic set.

“However, because they have just done an arena tour with Status Quo, and for the first half hour they did an acoustic set which worked a treat, they are now prepared to do this gig.

“They suit our audience at the festival as they tend to be into classic rock.

“This is a real wow for us and I am so pleased as it fits in perfectly.”

During the festival, under the banner of Graham Gouldman’s Heart Full of Songs, Gouldman and his 10CC bandmates will feature the classics as well as pre-10CC Gouldman hits such as Bus Stop and Look Through Any Window, which were written for The Hollies, Heart Full of Soul and For Your Love, performed by The Yardbirds, and No Milk Today, which was made famous by Herman’s Hermits.

Other acts confirmed to perform include X Factor’s Matt Cardle, The Fairport Convention and Fleetwood Mac tribute act Fleetwood Bac.

More information and tickets for the Acoustic Festival is available at www.acousticfestival.co.uk

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