Acoustic Gathering set to hit the right notes this weekend

Pirates take to the lake in Peasholm Park at last year's Acoustic Gathering.
Pirates take to the lake in Peasholm Park at last year's Acoustic Gathering.

Fans of soothing strums and spine-tingling melodies are set to descend on North Bay this weekend for the eighth Acoustic Gathering.

Dubbed “the festival of the Indian summer”, the event is set to deliver 16 hours of music over two days in the tranquil setting of Peasholm Park.

Headliners for this evening are Scarborough rockers, Alabama Paydirt, fronted by local legend Jesse Hutchinson, with Irish party band Ishka also on the bill.

Scottish folk rock band The Last Battle will take to the stage as headliners tomorrow, following a performance from Bridlington acoustic duo Seafret.

Festival co-ordinator Jim Taylor said: “I’m just pleased that the weather is looking great for the weekend.

“I’m looking forward to Alabama Paydirt, I also can’t wait to see Glass Ankle and Seafret. But mostly it is about transforming Peasholm Park into something different. It’s amazing all year, but we get to take something we are all familiar with and have some fun with it.”

Gates will open at 1pm today, with TFI Music kicking things off at 2.50pm, before Pindar School Class 14 take to the stage.

Other Saturday acts include TJ Hudson, the Billy Nielsen Band, The Hashtag Revolution, Toby Jepson and Dirty Beach.

Tomorrow gates will open at noon, with The City Blues getting the party started at 1.50pm.

Sunday’s line-up also features Ben Lane and the Railroad Hobos, Tom Davenport, Glass Ankle, Southern Bill, the Republic Of Trees and Tom Watton.

The Great Yorkshire Brewery returns with its real ale bar at £3 a pint, and extra catering including Skipton Pie and Mash, Lets Go Mexicana and Lulubelles classic VW camper will be on site to satisfy the thirsty and hungry crowds over the weekend. There will also be a community market, children’s entertainment and salsa crash courses.

Tickets for this year’s event will be £8 per day. Children under 12 are £4.

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