Happy Mondays, Ash, and Echo & the Bunnymen among acts set to rock Wolverhampton festival

Two days of live music from legendary UK bands are set to rock Wolverhampton next summer as the city hosts the first ever Creation Day festival.

Happy Mondays playing at the O2 Institute in Birmingham last year
Happy Mondays playing at the O2 Institute in Birmingham last year

Happy Mondays, Editors, Ash, Echo & the Bunnymen, Black Grape and Sleeper are just some of the acts set to take to the stage in West Park over the weekend of May 29 and 30 2021.

Creation Day festival forms part of Wolverhampton Council’s project to boost the economy and attract more visitors into the area.

The two-day event has been organised by the council in partnership with Toura Toura Festivals and Alan McGee, founder of the Creation Records label.

Alan formed Creation Records in 1983 and it went on to become one of the key labels in 80s and 90s indie music. Over the years, he has worked with such major acts as Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Oasis.

Alan said: "I’m looking forward to this one, some of the best old bands with some of the best new bands. I can’t wait to come and bring it all to Wolverhampton.

"Creation Day is the first time we have done anything like this since doing it for the kids. Hopefully we can do this every year.”

Council leader, Councillor Ian Brookfield added: "Creation Day promises to be a fantastic festival and a great boost for our city. We’re committed to offering a range of fantastic events and we’re keen to show our visitors what Wolverhampton has to offer.

“We have a long and proud history of showcasing great music and this new festival promises to add to this tradition. With the current redevelopment of our Civic and Wulfrun Halls, it’s clear that Wolverhampton is a key destination for music lovers.

“Creation Day is something for us to look forward to and just one of the ways in which we are working to attract people to our city, boost our local economy and help Wolverhampton rest, recover and relight.”

Next year’s festival will see stars from Creation Records join forces with other well-known bands to perform their biggest hits from 12.30pm to 10.45pm.

Bands playing on Saturday are Happy Mondays, Echo & the Bunnymen, Cast, Black Grape and Echobelly as well as new artists Shambolics, The Clockworks and The Illicits.

The line-up includes a Creation Day exclusive as it will be the first time that frontman Shaun Ryder has performed with his two bands, Happy Mondays and Black Grape, at one festival.

Mark Berry aka Bez and Shaun Ryder of The Happy Mondays perform on stage at Camp Bestival 2012, Lulworth Castle - Dorset.

Acts lined up for Sunday are Editors, Friendly Fires, Ash, Sleeper, Glasvegas, The Wedding Present as well as up and coming performers Heavy Lungs, Cat SFX and Marquis Drive.

Other attractions at the two-day event include a fairground and a wide variety of food and drink stalls.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, the festival may be subject to change. Tickets will be on sale in a limited capacity, this will be reviewed over time and more tickets may be released depending on national guidance.

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