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Final preparations underway for the Burntwood Wakes festival

There will be something for all of the family when The Burntwood Wakes festival kicks off.

The weekend of fun (August 7-9) is set to kick-off with a night featuring top unsigned bands at the Wakes venue (Burntwood Rugby Club).

The Lean Yellows

The Lean Yellows

The Lean Yellows, The Reason, Karsis, Dead Lights, Indecisive, Asylum Soldiers, China Red, We are Nines and White Rose are on the bill for the free Wakes opener on August 7.

On Saturday August 8, a family fun day gets the Wakes action underway from 12noon, with an It’s A Knockout contest, a medieval archery display, an ice skating rink and laser clay pigeon shoot among the events taking place. Entry to the Wakes’ family fun day is free.

Classical music will take centre stage on Saturday evening when Don MacLean and Malcolm Stent presenting Adrian Jackson conducting the 50-piece City Concert Orchestra and the 50 voices of the Midland Symphony Choir. Joining them on stage will be soloist Elizabeth MacDonald.

Entry to the Proms in the Park evening is £18 advance or £20 on the day for adults, £10 children and under two free. The concert gets underway at 7pm.

Alvin Stardust

Alvin Stardust

The musical theme continues on Sunday when the sounds of the sixties coming bouncing back.

The 60’s Summer Music Festival features the likes of Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, PJ Proby, The Move, Alvin Stardust, The New Amen Corner with Chip Hawkes and Mike D’Abo.

Doors open at 2pm for the gig which will run from 3pm until 10pm. Tickets are £28 in advance or £30 on the day for adults, children £10 and under two free.

Tickets for either the 60’s Summer Music Festival or the Proms in the Park are available from The Ticket Factory (tel: 0844 338 8000 or online) and the Lichfield Garrick Theatre (tel: 01543 412121 or online).

For more information on any of the events, visit the Burntwood Wakes website.

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1 Comment

  1. Andy

    10th August, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I attended the Unsigned Bands night last Friday as part of the Burntwood Wakes Festival and what a treat it was! All the bands I saw played with energy and excitement and the crowd was happy to dance and sing along with both the bands, and the excellant DJ. Headliners The Lean Yellows suffered from a shortened set ( Festivals timings always over-run!) but still played a brilliant set, including psychedelic favourite “The Snake”, a mellow feeling “Hazy Days” and the heavier “Outside Of Love”. Covers of Love’s ‘A House is not a Motel’ and Wellers ‘Whirlpools End’ went down a storm and the band were called back for a well deserved encore of Oasis’s ‘My Big Mouth’. Those of us that stayed the course were well rewarded for their patience with some stylish mod inspired melodies and aband that we should see a lot more of in the near future!