Newcastle United Foundation played host on Wednesday at St James' Park to help launch major outdoor music and arts event, Chase Park Festival, which is to return for its fourth consecutive year and set to headline is Sunderland born, post-punk band The Futureheads.
The festival, run by healthcare and neuro-rehabilitation specialist Keiro and held in Chase Park, Whickham, is accredited by national music charity Attitude is Everything for being one of the most accessible festivals in the UK. It is aimed at including people of all abilities and to help break down cultural barriers and stereotypes often faced with people with disabilities.
Chase Park Festival secured significant funding from the Arts Council to put on the event, and festival partners include Irwin Mitchell and Newcastle United Foundation.
Business development director at Keiro, Alistair McDonald, said:
"We have worked hard to programme an exciting bill to surpass last year's. We love to champion emerging North East talent so we have tried to pack our roster with the finest acts the North East has to offer. Having The Futureheads headline is a real coup for us.
Other Northern artists on the bill include Natasha Haws, Eliza and the Bear, Thumpers, Symphonic Pictures, TERRA T, Laura Smith and Sam Fender. There is also a second stage which will give emerging disabled artists a platform to perform.
Sarah Medcalf, Fundraising Manager at Newcastle United Foundation said:
"Our own disability football programme provides young people with the opportunity to play and enjoy football and this very much fits in with the ethos of the Chase Park Festival which is to inclusive for everyone regardless of ability. We are very excited to be part of such a fantastic event."
The open-air festival will take place on Saturday August 10th in Chase Park, Whickham. Gates will open at 11:30am and acts will begin at 12pm. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.keirogroup.co.uk/chase-park-festival
Also on show will be circus acts, DJ workshops provided by Generator, a holistic therapy tent, craft stalls, face painting and an array of local food and drink. In addition, there will be a games and education centre where people can learn about disabilities and get an insight into the human brain.