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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Travel through the decades with Toyah at Workington festival

Music stars David Van Day, Toyah Wilcox and Ed Tudor-Pole are among the acts performing at new Workington festival Decades this weekend.

The three-day festival of music, from the 1960s to the 1990s, kicks off tonight at 7pm and is based around the town’s popular pub ‘circuit’.

Acts will perform at Club Ice, Red House, The Well, Circuit Bar, Dukes, Chasers, Vine Bar, The Royal British Legion, Curwen Arms and Yankees.

Van Day will take the stage at Club Ice tonight, followed by local performer Tony Herald and folk musician Edwin Duke.

The club will tomorrow see performances from 80s star Toyah, The Kommitments and local band No Idea. Doors open from 7pm.

Ed Tudor-Pole, the singer and The Crystal Maze presenter, will take to the stage at Club Ice on Sunday, along with the Sex Pistols Experience and Broken English. Doors open from 6pm.

Music will kick off around the bars on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Other acts playing around the circuit will include The Quireboys, New Amen Corner, Palm Springs, Billy Walker Band, Ritz, Stormcrow, Dez, Relentless, Sasha, The Blurb, Ded Hot Chilli Peppers, Ballroom Glitz, Tom Hingley, Slagbank, Olly Alcock, Mildhearts, The Pulse, The Fortunes, Collision, Kaiser Theif, AWOL, Blink L182, The Verdict, Gene-sis.

Harlem Knights, Fireball, Sneaky Finch, Pop Goes The Movies, Extraordinary Gents, Man Skyline, Cindy Hoten, Just Jock, Delivo, Baby D, Razzamatazz.

Planet Abba, Paddy Mcguire, Raw Deal, Conspiracy, 13 Stars, Five and Dangerous, The Fourmost, Insight and Club 200.

The festival was thought up by Workington landlords Paul McGee and Kurtis Walker.

With Kent Walker and Geoff Blacklock they formed PK Enterprises, which funded the festival.

It has been organised and run by Maryport Festivals Ltd, which runs Maryport Blues Festival.

Paul said: “We came up with the festival idea because everyone kept saying that Workington had nothing going on.

“A lot of work has gone into it and we hope that the people of Workington and the surrounding areas come out to support it, so that we can make it a yearly event that will get bigger and better.”

Sue Sandham, company secretary for Maryport Festivals Ltd, said: “We hope that it is the start of something special for Workington town centre, bringing the community together through music whilst boosting the local economy.

“It will also give local musicians an opportunity to showcase their talents. We are confident that with the support of the public this event can grow and put Workington back on the map in a big way.”

Tickets and programmes can be bought from participating bars or the festival’s headquarters on Wilson Street, which will be open all weekend from 10am to midnight.

Tickets for the pub trail cost £5 for Friday, £7 for Saturday, £6 for Sunday and £14 for a weekend pass.

Tickets for Club Ice cost £7.50 for Friday, £10 for Saturday, £7.50 for Sunday and £20 for a weekend pass.

All-access tickets cost £10 on Friday, £15 on Saturday, £10 on Sunday and £30 for a weekend pass.

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