Published: 26/09/2012 09:00

Hollies in talks to headline festival

Written byBy James Brindle

ONE of the Sixties most enduring bands look all set to be the first confirmed headliner for Uttoxeter’s biggest music festival, the Advertiser can reveal.

The Advertiser understands that The Hollies (pictured above), who have continued touring in various forms since their inception in the 1960s, are in talks with the organisers of the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain to perform there in 2013.

The event at Uttoxeter Racecourse will be the fourth to have taken place in the town and headliners so far have included the likes of Donovan, Joan Armatrading and Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.

If The Hollies can be signed up they will be one of the biggest acts to have graced the festival and it will be real coup for the town.

The Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 and had a string of huge hits on both sides of the Atlantic in their heyday.

Their most well-known hits include The Air That I Breathe, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, Stop Stop Stop, I’m Alive and I Can’t Let Go.

Acts that have been confirmed so far for next years event from May 31 to June 2 include numerous returning favourites and some first-timers.

BabaJack, who were recently runners-up in the Best British Acoustic Act category at the British Blues Awards 2012, are on the bill.

Also confirmed are Liverpool band The Christians, who achieved chart success in the late 80s and early 90s, Ed Tudor Pole and Jenny Belle Star.

Favourites from previous year’s festivals will return including the always entertaining T.Rextasy, Rodney Brannigan, Quill and Rusty Shackle.

One of the most exciting new artists on the bill is young Northamptonbased acoustic singer-songwriter Hannah Faulkner, who has been receiving airplay of her latest single Knight In Shining Armour on BBC Radio One.

Earlybird tickets for the 2013 Acoustic Festival of Great Britain are available now and more information can be found on the website www.acousticfestival.co.uk.

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