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Award winning Chase Park Festival returns this August

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Chase Park Festival, held in Gateshead, returns this year with a bigger and better line up.

Iris rock outfit Ash have been confirmed to headline the fifth annual all-inclusive family festival this August.

The open air festival will feature two stages of live music on Saturday August 8. The festival is set to bring thousands of people to the North East and will feature Turin Brakes, SLUG, Monogram and Bath Macari.

Chief vocalist and guitarist of Ash, Tim Wheeler, said: “We’re really excited to be playing in the North East again. We’ve never had the pleasure of playing a big festival up there unless you count the minimum wage gig we did in 1999 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. We should do one soon for a living wage! This event will be special. Bring on Chase Park 2015!”

Ash

Ash

And although Chase Park Festival was forced to postpone last year, it is back this year having been awarded the esteemed Gold level of Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, one of only three festivals nationwide to receive the accolade.

The award recognises Chase Park’s wide range of access facilities and inclusive initiatives that the festival has embraced in welcoming deaf and disabled audiences, artists and volunteers. The only two other festivals to hold the Gold accolades are Glastonbury and Liberty Festival.

Chase Park’s festival organiser Alistair McDonald has said Chase Park Festival wants to build on the legacy of the region’s strong festival offering and hopes to showcase the event this year as a genuine player in the national music calendar.

He said: “We have an amazing line-up and I think anyone who is a music fan will have a great time. The event will also to appeal to people with disability as we have a range of provisions in place.

“Chase Park has great music, food, beer, fantastic green surroundings and all of the ingredients that makes an amazing festival. It also has a unique atmosphere that you simply don’t get anywhere else. The feeling of community and togetherness that you get from an event that doesn’t have any barriers genuinely gives festival goers at Chase Park a totally uplifting and amazing experience.

“Achieving Gold Standard from Attitude is Everything is an amazing achievement and to be mentioned in the same breath as Glastonbury and Liberty Festival is something else. This should also give smaller festivals the confidence that they can achieve a fully-inclusive and superb event like ours.”

The festival, which is organised by North East care specialists Keiro, will also feature a second stage to give disabled artists an opportunity to perform in front of a festival audience.

ob Ottaway, Project Officer in Soundscapes Music Studio, at the Percy Hedley Foundation, who partners the event, explains: “We’re proud to support Chase Park Festival. It’s the perfect festival for our service users to attend, in terms of disabled access and onsite facilities. It also gives them a platform to showcase their own talents onstage, alongside established acts.

“The event boasts superb facilities and excellent disabled access on site and allows our acts to experience the sheer thrill of playing their music in front of a large passionate crowd.”

Tickets for Chase Park Festival range from £6 to £11 for a family ticket. For ticket info visit their website.

Gates to Chase Park Festival 2015 will open at midday on Saturday August 8 and the event will close at 9pm.

The event is free for people with disability and their carers and registration can be completed by visiting www.keirogroup.co.uk.

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