Newton Aycliffe will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a town this summer with a huge open-air event featuring live music from Brit-pop heroes.

AycLive will take place on Saturday 29th July this year to celebrate Newton Aycliffe’s 75th year as a town and will feature two acts: Dodgy and Cast.

Dodgy formed in Hounslow in 1990 and are probably best known for their 1996 hit ‘Good Enough’ which helped their album ‘Free Peace Sweet’ go platinum in the UK, along with the 1995 single ‘Staying Out For The Summer’.

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Cast’s debut album “All Change” became Polydor Records’ best-selling debut album when it was released in 1995. With seven top ten hits, they are best known for “Sandstorm” and “Flying”.

Oasis megastar Noel Gallagher once described watching the act live as a “religious experience”.

The headliners will be supported by six more live bands; ‘Another Crisis’ (Classic Pop), The Breakfast Club (1980s), Sleeze Sisters (1970s), Ska Boom (Ska), Northern Soul Elite (Northern Soul/Motown) and Sound Divide (Rock).

Almost two years in the planning with organizers Shildon Live, Ayclive Events will host the live music festival at the OakLeaf Sports Complex, with the help and support of Great Aycliffe Borough Council, Gestamp, Kudos Commercial Finance and McDonalds (Newton Park). ). Thanks also to Northern Productions Ltd, the Aycliffe Radio team and Stuart McLean, the combined driving force behind the project.

The inaugural festival will take place on the sports pitch at OakLeaf Sports Complex, School Aycliffe Lane, on Saturday 29 July 2023 from midday to 11pm. The fairgrounds will also feature well-stocked bars, snacks, stalls and fairground rides.

Early bird tickets are available until February 28 at £15 for adults and £8 for under 18s (aged 14-17), a fraction of the cost of seeing the Cast perform at the O2 City Hall in Newcastle may

Promoters Ayclive Events hope that with enough support from the first festival, it can become an annual event.

Speaking to the Echo, they said: “Ayclive Events are delighted to be able to host a live music festival Newton Aycliffeespecially since the city is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

“Having secured a couple of incredible headline acts, we hope this will become an annual event for local residents.”

Greater Ayclive Borough Council said: “The Borough Council is proud to be working with Ayclive Events and providing financial support to help the organizers bring a music festival to Newton Aycliffe for the first time.

Northern Echo:

“This is an important year for Newton Aycliffe as it celebrates its 75th birthday and the Aycliffe Music Festival will be a great way for the community to come together and celebrate the occasion.


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“The city council is currently working on a number of further projects and initiatives to help celebrate and mark the anniversary, including a community event and historical exhibition, and will reveal more details later this year.”

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