Eighties pop act Johnny Hates Jazz to headline new free Northumberland music event


Northumberland Live in Bedlington will take place this summer and will feature Johnny Hates Jazz as headliners

Johnny Hates Jazz who will play Northumberland Live in Bedlington in Gallagher ParkJohnny Hates Jazz who will play Northumberland Live in Bedlington in Gallagher Park

Eighties duo Johnny Hates Jazz are to headline a free family music event in Northumberland this summer.

Bedlington will ‘Turn Back the Clock’ and welcome the pop act for Northumberland Live in Gallagher Park on July 16.

In the 80s, they scored a series of smash hits with songs such as Shattered Dreams (UK / No5 and US / No2) and I Don’t Want to be a Hero (UK / No11 and US / No31).

The singles were taken from their debut album Turn Back The Clock, which topped the UK Album Charts in 1988 and grossed a massive 4 million record sales.

The family festival Northumberland Live in Bedlington has been born out of the runaway success of sister festival Northumberland Live that for the past two years has drawn big crowds to nearby Blyth .

Councillor Val Tyler, Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council said: Northumberland Live in Bedlington promises to be great event. Events and festivals are a proven way of highlighting an area as being a great place to live, work or setup business; whilst also providing an opportunity for communities to celebrate together.

With live music, street theatre and family entertainment – it should be a day both for the residents of Bedlington and visitors to enjoy.

Johnny Hates Jazz is currently made up from two of the original band members, Clark Datchler (songwriter, vocalist, keyboards) and Mike Nocito (guitarist, bassist, producer).

Mike Nocito is also famous in his own right for being a recording engineer on tracks by musical heavyweights Pink Floyd, The Police, The Cure, Duran Duran and the Thompson Twins. He also produced the Katrina and The Waves’s single Love Shine A Light, which won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest.

Northumberland Live in Bedlington will take over the beautiful setting of Gallagher Park, where families will be able to stay for the full day and even bring along a picnic.

Asides from the music there will be a fun selection of family entertainment and things to do from street theatre through to stalls selling locally-made goodies.


Thursday, March 24, 2016