Decent Days and Nights at Southport Rocks with The Futureheads

Posted on 30 June 2011
By Richard Lewis
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Southport Rocks has secured a hugely impressive line-up for its third year and the festival organisers have given Purple Revolver readers an exclusive ticket discount – see details below.

The line-up consists of festival favourites, the best and brightest in the UK’s new music and a formidable headliner in the wiry form of Sunderland’s finest The Futureheads.

The dance tent has also been expanded this year, effectively offering three stages across the site to festival goers, with some classic covers bands mixed into the bill on the main stage.

Previously called the Jedi Music Festival, the festival has upped its capacity and camping has been introduced for the first time this year, with ‘Glamping’, luxury tents for groups of 8-10 adults also available. Day tickets are £15 Friday & £20 Saturday, with full weekend access inc. camping £49.

Taking place across Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July, the family friendly, not-for-profit event is situated five minutes’ walk from the Victorian splendour of Lord Street shopping arcades and is also ten minutes from Southport Beach.

Held in Victoria Park, the site has excellent transport links and is under an hour’s train ride from Liverpool City Centre

The event has become a two-day affair and the newly minted Marketplace will be up and running, hosting a range of physical activities plus arts and crafts, to provide attendees with the full-on festival experience.

BBC 6Music faves The Lancashire Hotpots headline the Friday night, the quirky act having become festival fixtures over the past few years.

Headlining on Saturday, The Futureheads have gained a deserved reputation as one of the UK’s best live bands.

Decent Days and Nights, The Beginning of the Twist, Heartbeat Song and their cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, have seen the group rack up a score of hit singles and become one of the UK’s most instantly recognizable rock acts.

The band’s most recent LP, The Chaos, was released last year to great reviews. Having celebrated their tenth anniversary this year, the band are festival veterans, having played Reading and Leeds and Glastonbury Festival numerous times.

Also on Saturday’s bill, Kid British have received regular airplay from Chris Moyles and Catfish and the Bottlemen have caught the attention of Steve Lamacq.

Over on the Alternative Stage the quality is just as high across both days, with the organisers assembling some of the best rising talent in the UK.

NME approved swaggering rock comes courtesy of Sly Digs, while Friday headliners, Oxford indie band Ute, can count Huw Stevens amongst their fans.

Flying the flag for Liverpool are some of the city’s best bands, who are beginning to make waves outside of the region.

Picturebook were signed at last year’s Liverpool Sound City by Seymour Stein, who signed Madonna, Talking Heads and The Ramones to record deals.

Mesmerizing garage band The Wild Eyes and cinematic rockers Owls* have both cemented reputations in the city for their stunning live shows. Post-punks Dustland have also been creating a huge buzz around them.

Exclusive ticket offer for Purple Revolver readers:

As part of the build-up to Southport Rocks, we’re giving you the chance to purchase discounted tickets from the festival’s website.

Visit http://www.ticketline.co.uk/jedi2011

For full line-up, ticketing, travel and other information, please visit www.southportrocks.co.uk/

Text SouthportRocks to 60777 for more info.

Stay tuned to Purple Revolver for full coverage of the weekend.