THE CASTLE PARK, STANHOPE, CO. DURHAM, DL13 2LU | 23rd - 24th JUNE 2017
SVF and The Scandals are like fish n chips, bread n butter and bangers n mash. It’s just meant to be. We love them, you love them, they love SVF!
With a set list of classics longer than a queue outside the dole office on signing on day, and some surprise new additions, expect to be entertained by the North East's finest covers band with classic tunes played in the classic Scandals way.
Take six talented musicians, made up of a crazy, energetic front man, with a just as crazy brass section, driving the very best ska sounds from the likes of Madness, The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter to name but a few, and you have The Skabeats.
A mix of old boys and young pretenders, these guys are highly regarded as one of the best ska bands in the North East, and we have invited them to play what we believe to be the best fest in the North East - SVF!
If you haven’t heard of this band where have you been for the last couple of years? The Dolls have played many prestigious venues across the UK and some massive festivals including Kendal Calling and Isle of Wight. They have quickly become one of the must see live bands to have emerged in recent years.
Recreating the intensity and passion of such bands as The Clash, Ramones, Pistols, etc, this will be a show delivered with an energy and attitude guaranteed to get audiences jumping. Punk and New Wave classics played in their own unique way, this is the phenomenon that is The Sex Pissed Dolls.
Hailing from Dunfermline, Scotland, punk and new wave band, The Skids, were formed in 1977 and after debut album, 'Scared to Dance' broke into the top 20 albums in February 1979, they were established as a favourite with fans and critics, alike.
Further top 10 single and album chart success followed and songs like 'Working for the Yankee Dollar', 'Sweet Suburbia', 'Masquerade', 'The Saints are Coming' (covered in 2006 by U2 and Green Day) and the anthemic 'Into the Valley' have established their place in music history. We are delighted that the band have agreed to include SVF on their 40th Anniversary Tour, as Saturday headliners.
This is a rare chance to enjoy the energy and power of a truly great band. Let's welcome The Skids into the Stone Valley!
The Chords were a superb singles band. In an era when 7 inch vinyl was king, they issued seven in just under two years. With an aggressive, spunky guitar sound, their three minute punk mod pop classics, written by mod legend and chief songwriter, Chris Pope, truly stand the test of time.
This (UK) version gives Chris and the band the chance to "keep on keeping 'Maybe Tomorrow','So Far Away', 'The British Way of Life' and all the rest of the Chords songs alive". Don't miss this chance to listen to all the classics and brilliant new tracks, from one of the best live bands out there.
Definitely, (not Maybe), a must-see band. The UK's premier tribute to Oasis are back. Their SVF set two years ago went down a storm and the band will bring a touch of Manchester back to SVF with all Noel’s and Liam’s classics, from the 90’s and noughties.
'Rock n Roll Star', 'Supersonic', 'Wonderwall', and a whole lot more, will be blasted out loud and far on Friday evening, when these guys hit the stage.
Sarah Collins made her name with Northern Soul fans by uploading YouTube videos of her singing cover songs, which have now clocked up over two million views. It led to solo appearances at events in the UK and across Europe, and now she’s a firm favourite on today's Northern Soul scene with her own 9-piece big band, Keep The Faith, which includes a brass section to faithfully recreate the live sound and feel of the songs which originated on the underground scene during the mid 60s, and are still sweeping the dance floors today.
You can be sure you’ll be getting your kicks out on the floor when this band takes to the stage.
The Estimators are a splendidly vibrant traditional Jamaican Ska band hailing out of London.
With fabulous grooves, sensational horn section displays and overall band brilliance, they captivate you completely with their entire Ska music spectrum. If you love Ska, well look no further, and check these true music rudeboys out.
Mix any popular music to a Rockabilly set up - drums, slap bass and guitar, and you have Neo-Rockabilly. 3 piece Neo-Rockabilly band The Neutronz will be opening up SVF on Friday night with their own take on some classic tracks including, 'Swords of a Thousand Men' 'Personal Jesus' and 'Town Called Malice'.
With a pounding slap bass and tight cutting guitar, whether you grew up with the neo scene of the 80's or not, you'll love these guys! A high tempo start to what promises to be a great weekend of music.
Reliving the heady Madchester vibes, Happy Mondaze bring you the cult classics and best-selling hits of Manchester's number one baggy band, the Happy Mondays.
Guaranteeing a party like no other, the Mondaze promise to transport you back to Manchester's musical heyday and deliver a show that revives and recreates the positive energy of the late 80s and early 90s rave scene.
Founded by Ian Page and Dave Cairns in 1978, in a period of a little over two years, the legendary Secret Affair posted five releases in the UK Singles Chart, and released three albums. Debut single "Time For Action" sold over 200,000 copies and reached number 13 in the UK chart, putting them at the forefront of the Mod revival movement. More chart success followed with "Let Your Heart Dance", "My World" and "Sound Of Confusion".
Still recording and touring to this day, to huge acclaim, founder members Ian and Dave are complemented by Russ Baxter on Drums, Ed Pearson on bass and Andy Fairclough on Hammond. The line up now includes a new brass section with John O’Neill on sax, Steve Rinaldi on trombone, and Tim Pannell on trumpet. We are seriously excited to welcome the band to SVF for the first time and we know you will be too.
Formed in 2011, this four-piece's influences stem from the 1960s through to the mid 70’s, The Viewers have created a classic blend of music with echoes from that golden age, fused with sounds from today.
Jangly guitars, vocal melodies, 3-part harmonies and driving rhythms all link together to provide the band’s unique sound. This is a very rare chance to catch this highly regarded band in the north east, so don’t miss them delivering a set of their own original tunes.
One of the most highly influential and recognisable names from the English Rock scene, Eddie & The Hot Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned nearly 40 years.
Although often categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll. The energy and attitude certainly endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie & The Hot Rods one of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or gone out of style.
Eddie & The Hot Rods were included in the Mojo Top 100 of most influential bands and thanks to this enduring appeal, the band still tour all over the world, always delivering a blisteringly energetic blast of good old Rock ‘n’ Roll. Perfect for SVF!