Your guide to Touch Down Festival 2017

21 July 2017 4:53PM

Touch Down Festival returns to Workington on Saturday July 22.

Now in its third year, the event's line-up for 2017 will see internationally-renowned bands and top Cumbrian acts to play its three Jane Street venues.

South coast pop punk stars Roam are the headliners, topping the bill on the Main Stage, at Bart's.

The Eastbourne-based five-piece have just come off a European tour, having recently supported the likes of Lower Than Atlantis and Young Guns, while their debut in West Cumbria arrives shortly before they set off on a run of dates alongside US punk icons New Found Glory.

Having reached the end of their tour cycle in support of last year's debut album, they have spent the early part of this summer in America working on the follow-up record, to be released later this year.

 Colt 45

Colt 45

Joining them on the Main Stage will be another acclaimed UK band - Decade make their way up from Bath for the event. They've just starred at the 2000 Trees festival, and Slam Dunk back in May, while this spring's album release, Pleasantries, received plenty of acclaim in the national music press.

Cumbrian punks Colt 45 are back at Touch Down with a set that's been revamped since last year's triumphant appearance to include tracks from their latest series of singles, which are being released throughout 2017.

Scottish outfit Bear Arms are another returning name, and their engaging live set was another stand-out moment at last year's festival, while local lads Youth Salute follow up their previous appearances at the event with another set drawn from their most recent Carve EP, with new material potentially set to be included.

The Sheepwagon will be returning once more armed with another set of punk and grunge under their self-styled "farmcore" label, and Whitehaven band Reptilians will also be bringing their angular indie sounds to complete the Main Stage line-up.

Over at the Pat McNichol Stage in Lounge 41, there are another half a dozen hard-hitting bands, headed up by Ayrshire ska band The Hostiles.

 Stand Up Arcade

Stand Up Arcade

Fellow Scottish act This Familiar Smile are a highly-regarded act in their own right, and definitely one not to be missed, as too will be the final-ever set from Workington's own Stand Up Arcade.

Graces warm-up for their Kendal Calling debut the following weekend with a run-through of their accomplished alt rock set, and there are also appearances from tech metal outfit Seek Solace In Ruin - who recently landed a slot at the UK's biggest metal festival, Bloodstock - and local favourites The Scumbrians.

The K2 Fashion Acoustic Stage, hosted at Thirsty Souls, welcomes a host of solo artists and stripped-back acts, with Luke Matear headlining, joined by Flick Lister, Ivory Veins, Chris McMullen, an unplugged set from Willowside Park, and Youth Salute's Shane Sanderson.

Tickets are available from and Richard James newsagent, in Finkle Street, Workington.

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