Festival set to be best yet

ORGANISERS of a music festival that gives local artists a chance to perform to huge crowds are looking forward to their biggest event.

Thousands of people are set to descend on Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park to enjoy a weekend of music with the fifth annual Pitch Invasion festival.

It is being staged on the weekend of May 12-13 by the talent-nurturing charity Red Dreams, which is based in Whitby Street South, Hartlepool.

Fifty of the best local, regional and national acts have been secured to perform over two stages. There will also be stalls, face-painting, T-shirt- making, games, inflatables and funfair rides.

Dawn McManus, Pitch Invasion’s project manager, said: “Everything is pretty much sorted and the programmes have been sent to the printers.

“With the festival usually being in August we haven’t had a full year to organise this one, so it has been a bit manic.

“But I think that energy and stress has turned to excitement now.

“I think holding it at Pools will make a massive difference. We have got bands from Red Dreams and all over the country looking forward to it because it will go down on their CV as a stadium event.

“Hartlepool fans can also sit on the pitch so it is good for them to be somewhere they love anyway, but for a different reason.”

Headline performances will be led by tribute acts Kings Of Lyon and Howaysis, as well as support from well-established local bands The White Negroes, Mercedes, The Jar Family, Missing Andy and General Fiasco.

The festival is fast becoming one of the most anticipated events in the North-East, and many of the country’s indie and major labels go along to see the “next big thing”.

Dawn, 41, added: “The idea of the event is to give them a vehicle to play on stages with bigger and better bands and give them an objective of that’s where they could be in the next few years and give them a festival experience.”

Last year’s Pitch Invasion, held at Seaton Carew Cricket Club, attracted its largest-ever crowd, with 9,000 people attended enjoying live music.

Victoria Park will be open between 12pm and 9pm with performances starting at 2pm.

A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £12 for the weekend

Admission for adults is £5 for the weekend and £3 on the gates daily.

For children aged five to 16 it is £3 for the weekend or £2 on the gates daily

Under 5’s get in free.

To buy tickets, visit www.wegottickets.com/f/4285# or for more information go to www.pitchinvasionfestival.co.uk