SUNDERLAND band The Futureheads headline this summer’s Rowchester Music Festival, writes Simon Duke.
The event, in the grounds of Rowchester House, near Greenlaw, has gone from strength to strength since starting in 2007 and the organisers are hoping for a stellar day on Saturday, July 16.
The Futureheads have won acclaim from both music fans and critics since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2004 which featured Decent Days and Nights and their Top 10 cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love.
They have since had success with singles such as The Beginning of the Twist and albums like News and Tributes.
The Futureheads have become the darlings of many DJs, and one in particular is thrilled about their first performance in these parts.
As well as being the owner of Rowchester House and at the helm of the Festival, Leonard Harper-Gow has his own show on Duns-based Generate Radio and it was during one of his shows that he first became familiar with the north east of England band .
Leonard said: “I was doing my show on Generate when someone called in asking for a song by the Futureheads.
“I’d never really heard of them but I just so happened to have one of their tracks available so I played it and then Kyle [Wilson, director of Generate] said I should try and get them for Rowchester. So it’s down to him really.
“I got in touch with them through their website and they got in touch quite quickly saying they were free on July 16 so I signed them up.
“I think they’ll be a great addition to Rowchester. Sunderland’s not that far from here so there’s a bit of a north-east connection and they have a lot of energy. Whether you know their songs or not, you can’t help but be caught up in their infectious rhythms and beats.
“They also show a lot of humour in their videos and genuinely seem like a friendly bunch of lads.
“I’m delighted we’ve got the Futureheads for this year and hopefully people who’ve been unsure whether to come along in previous years will be persuaded by us having them on the line-up.
“Trying to build up the profile of a festival is like opening a door. We’re opening it bit by bit and hopefully we’ll make some serious progress in 2011.”
This year’s Rowchester Festival, again in support of the Teenager Cancer Trust, will start the night before the Futurehands take to the stage, with an evening of local entertainment courtesy of the likes of transatlantic travellers the Warehouse Announcement.
And away from the main stage, which will also feature turns from the likes of Jakil, Flutatious and the Borders’ own Dull Fudds, there will be also be an acoustic stage which will host performances from a variety of solo artists.
Leonard also said that, as in previous years, he was keen for the festival to have something for all ages and tastes.
He continued: “The feedback I’ve had from people who’ve been at the festival over the last few years is that they all had a brilliant time and I want to make sure that that doesn’t change.
“We’re marketing the Sunday as our chill-out day and we’ll be having a lot of soul and jazz music.
“There’ll be a healing village in the grounds where people can have some reiki or reflexology and there’ll also be a kids’ zone which will be totally safe and secure.”
Adult weekend tickets cost £40 and youth (12-17 year olds) weekend tickets cost £20.
Day tickets are £12 for the Friday and £15 for the Saturday and Sunday, while youth tickets for all three days are £7.50 each.
VIP tickets are £25 for each day or £40 for the weekend.
For more information, visit www.rowchestermusicfestival.com