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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Sun won't go down on Nik Kershaw's career

Eighties teen idol Nik Kershaw will be making the long trip from Essex to Workington to appear at the Nuts in May Festival next weekend.

His hits include Wouldn’t It Be Good, which reached number four in the UK singles chart in 1984, and I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, which reached number two in the singles chart.

Nik, who will be performing with his four-piece band at the town’s newest festival, said: “There will be a bit of a mixture of the old favourites which will get wheeled out as they always do and there will be some new stuff and stuff that I have done in between.

“I am looking forward to coming up to Workington, it is not a part of the country I know very well.

“I went once to the Lake District on a walking trip with a friend and I have played an acoustic gig in Kendal.

“It is not a huge country but it is astonishing how many places there are to see.”

Nik’s second album The Riddle was released in 1984 and included top 10 hits Wide Boy and Don Quixote.

He performed at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985 and has collaborated with a number of artists over the years including Elton John, Chesney Hawkes, Bonnie Tyler, Lulu, Ronan Keating, Jason Donovan, The Hollies and Gary Barlow.

He will play on the Saturday night of the festival which will showcase 1980s stars, folk legends and festival favourites.

He said: “I think with a festival it is a challenge, in some sense it is the scariest thing to do because you are not playing to your own crowd.

“Nuts in May is fundamentally a folk festival and it is a great feeling if and when you win the crowd over.

“I think independent festivals are brilliant. They have a local flavour and support local musicians.

“Especially in this day and age promoters and local authorities are very brave to have a go and it is brilliant when it pays off.”

The festival’s first year will also see performances from Hazel O’Connor, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, Emma’s Imagination, Megan Henwood, The Martin Harley Band, Mad Dog McCrea, The Magic Tombolinos and Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash.

It is the brainchild of Alwyn and Joanne Braniff, of Stainburn Road, who have pulled together a team of experienced organisers who have previously worked on the successful Solfest music festival.

The site covers 50 acres of specially landscaped woodland at Middlemoor, between Stainburn and Great Clifton, and includes six stages.

The family-friendly festival will include international food vendors, workshops, late night entertainment, artisan traders and a host of activities for children of all ages.

All weekend tickets are £34 for adults, £20 for young people aged 12 to 17 and under-11s get in free.

Tickets are available to buy online at www.nutsinmayfestival.co.uk/tickets/buy/index.php

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