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New event curated by record company boss Alan McGee
A brand new UK music festival launches in the Midlands in 2021. Creation Day is planned for Wolverhampton's West Park on May 29 and 30, coronavirus restrictions permitting.

Curated by Creation Records music icon Alan McGee, the two days of live music will include sets by Happy Mondays, Editors, Ash, Echo & the Bunnymen, Black Grape and Sleeper.

The first night will be headlined by Happy Mondays who, since 1980, have been offering alternative dancefloor anthems like Step On, Kinky Afro and Hallelujah. Now signed to McGee's Creation Management, frontman Shaun Ryder and the band will be stepping up to the main stage on May 29. Earlier in the day, Ryder will also appear on the main stage with his other band, Black Grape. It will be the first time that he has fronted both acts at one festival.

Creation Day Festival, West Park Wolverhampton, Alan McGee, Happy Mondays, Editors, Black Grape, Creation Records, Friendly Fires
Headliners: Happy Mondays


The main support on day one comes from Echo & The Bunnymen, a band that harks back to Alan McGee's earliest days in music. Expect Ian McCulloch and crew to deliver a hits-packed set, laden with timeless treasures like The Cutter, The Back Of Love and The Killing Moon.

Cast marked the 25th anniversary of their All Change album in 2020, and the celebrations will continue when the Creation Management signees perform at Creation Day. Frontman and founder John Power is guaranteed to be on typically electrifying form.

Creation Day Festival, West Park Wolverhampton, Alan McGee, Happy Mondays, Editors, Black Grape, Creation Records, Friendly Fires
Celebrating: Cast


A set by Echobelly will see Britpop-sister Sonya Madan dusting off era-defining gems like King Of The Kerb and Great Things.

Birmingham band Editors will headline the festival on May 30. Since debut album, The Back Room, in 2005, they have released another five studio albums, with two of them going platinum. They released their best-of, Black Gold, in 2019, a record packed with hits including Bullets, Munich, Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors, Papillon and An End Has A Start.

In support, Friendly Fires will bring their dancefloor-igniting creations to the party. Thanks to pop wonders like Skeleton Boy, Paris, Jump In The Pool and Hawaiian Air, the band's self-titled debut and its follow-up, Pala, saw them take over charts all over the world and earn a Mercury Music Prize nomination in the process. Returning to the spotlight in 2019 with their acclaimed Top 20 charting LP Inflorescent and some huge shows, Friendly Fires proved they are still one of the UK's hottest prospects.

Creation Day Festival, West Park Wolverhampton, Alan McGee, Happy Mondays, Editors, Black Grape, Creation Records, Friendly Fires
In the spotlight: Friendly Fires


Preceding them on the bill, Ash, who are currently celebrating 25 years of pristine power-pop with their Teenage Wildlife compilation, will be cruising through smashes like Girl From Mars and Burn Baby Burn.

A set from Glasvegas, a band discovered by McGee in Glasgow in 2006, will remind everyone of the blistering shoegaze of their Mercury Music Prize-nominated self-titled debut. They will also reveal tracks from their much anticipated 2021 record, Godspeed.

The recently revived Sleeper will see Louise Wener and co airing highlights from their critically acclaimed comeback album, The Modern Age, plus classics cuts from the back catalogue.

Creation Day Festival, West Park Wolverhampton, Alan McGee, Happy Mondays, Editors, Black Grape, Creation Records, Friendly Fires, Sleeper
Comeback: Sleeper


Longstanding Leeds legends The Wedding Present will see David Gedge digging up gold from their back catalogue of cult indie-rockers.

As a man with a reputation for spotting future talent, Creation Day will also showcase an array of new talent that Alan McGee has earmarked as next-big-things in waiting. Selecting a cross-section of bands from his current Creation 23 label, there will be live sets by Marquis Drive, The Illicits, Cat SFX, The Clockworks and Shambolics.

Creation Day Festival, West Park Wolverhampton, Alan McGee, Happy Mondays, Editors, Black Grape, Creation Records, Friendly Fires
Talent spotter: Alan McGee


McGee said: "I'm looking forward to this festival; some of the best old bands with some of the best new bands. I can't wait to bring it all to Wolverhampton. Hopefully, we can do this every year."

Weekend tickets are priced from 110, day tickets from 55.
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Why? A brand new, two-day festival for 2021 exclusively curated by Alan McGee.
When: May 29 & 30, 2021
Where: West Park, Wolverhampton
Cost: From 110 plus fees (weekend); from 55 plus fees (day)
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