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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Dance in moonlight with festival’s talent

Toploader, tribute acts and local talent are all signed up to play West Cumbria’s latest festival.

Tickets have gone on sale now for Sealy Spyatstock, which will take place from July 18 to July 20.

Organisers – veterans of the local festival scene – promise it will deliver a great weekend for families.

The three-day, 1,500-capacity event will be held in the grounds of Aspatria Rugby Union Club.

Joining Toploader at the festival will be one of Europe’s top Queen tribute bands.

Killer Queen formed in 1993 and have gained a worldwide following for their faithful interpretation of Freddie Mercury’s style and Queen’s music.

Bed manufacturer Sealy joined forces with the festival’s volunteer committee to run the event.

One of the organisers, Colin Rumney, of Allonby, said: “We’re delighted Killer Queen are joining us at Sealy Spyatstock. They promise to bring Queen’s music alive and it will be a pleasure for people of my generation to see them on stage.

“We decided to go for a three-day event once Sealy got on board, as the company is a big support for us.

“It is great to know that they believe in what we are doing.”

He promises something for almost all musical tastes at the festival.

Also lined up are West Cumbrian favourites AWOL, Colt 45, Collision, Sarah and the Stormchasers, Red Spider and Five and Dangerous.

JOANovARC, The I Foundation, the Lottery Winners and Soul City Walkers are also lined up to play.

An acoustic stage will feature local performers The Rucksacks, Emma Dockeray, Flick and others.

Another organiser Terry King, of Workington, said: “With the backing of Sealy, we’ve managed to book a quality act and Toploader will be supported by the cream of local talent. This is one party no one should miss.”

Neil Robinson, Sealy marketing director, said: “As the town’s largest employer we are approached regularly for donations for charities and other events but I think the festival will both raise money for good causes, and help to put the town of Aspatria on the map.”

Spyatstock was launched as a one-day event last year, organised by local musician Damo Macrae.

This year, with news that established local events including Solfest and the Cockermouth Rock Festival are not going ahead, organisers decided to use the CockRock weekend of July 18 to 20.

Fred Story, boss of Carlisle developer Story Homes, has donated fencing and equipment.

Festival-goers can also get home by bus for £5 each night, if pre-booked, £6 for a single night’s travel or £7 if paid on the day.

The green bus route goes from the rugby club car park to Cockermouth’s Aldi then to Whitehaven, beside Wetherspoon. The blue route will drop off at Maryport’s Waverley Hotel, Flimby and opposite Lounge 41 in Workington. The red route goes to Carlisle via Wigton.

Tickets are on sale from Aspatria Rugby Club, the Red Lion, Overs Garage in Aspatria, Lounge 41 in Workington, Aluna Hair Salon in Maryport and 4 Play Cycles in Cockermouth.

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