Big return to Napton Festival for indie stalwarts the Bluetones

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A BAND that helped provide the soundtrack to the mid-1990s will top the bill at the 2011 Napton Festival in July.

The Bluetones’ appearance at Napton will be one of just a few festival gigs they play this summer before they start their last ever tour.

This marks the end of an era for the band who have been playing since they formed in the early ‘90s.

Their debut album ‘Expecting to Fly’ released in February 1996 knocked Oasis’ ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ off the number one spot in the UK album charts and delivered three top 20 singles, ‘Bluetonic’, ‘Slight Return’ and ‘Cut Some Rug’.

Frontman Mark Morriss said: “After 17 years and six albums the Bluetones have decided that the time has arrived to call it a day and move on to other challenges.

“ Before disappearing forever though, we will be heading out for one last tour as a chance to say farewell and thank you to all the fans that have sustained us over these years, with a career-spanning ‘greatest hits/best of...’ style set of songs. It’s gonna be emotional.”

The signing of the Bluetones completes the line-up of the 2011 Napton Festival on July 8 and 9.

The Total Stones Roses, featuring Bez formerly of the Happy Mondays, along with Coventry based band the Ripps also feature at the top of the bill, with a further 12 bands completing the full line-up.

The Napton Festival is organised by the Napton Music Trust which is a charity based in the village dedicated to supporting and raising the profile of local musicians.

Almost half of the bands signed for the 2011 festival and local to Npaton or the surrounding towns and villages. Many local businesses are supplying goods and services to the event, including Purity a Warwickshire based brewery.

Visit www.naptonfestival.co.uk for more information.