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The legendary Alan McGee curates exciting new festival
A new music festival arrives in Wolverhampton for spring 2021.

Running from Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 May 2021 at West Park, Creation Day promises two days "of exceptional live music."

Curated by Creation record supremo Alan McGee - the man who famously discovered Oasis as well as signing such acts as Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, My Bloody Valentine and Teenage Fan Club - the line-up includes some of the biggest 'indie' acts of the 1990s and '00s including 'Madchester' pioneers Happy Mondays, former Brum residents Editors, and Liverpool's New Wave heroes Echo and The Bunnymen.

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Editors by photographer Rahi Rezvani

They're joined by Britpop faves Cast (marking the 25th anniversary of their All Change album), as well as Sleeper and Echobelly - two of the biggest 'female-fronted' acts of the era (proving Britpop wasn't just about 'the lads').

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Cast by Duncan Stafford

Ireland's enduring Ash, Scotland's Glasvegas, and Leeds' The Wedding Present also appear, as does Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder's other band - Black Grape - and Friendly Fires, whose third album, 2019's Inflorescent, went Top 15 in the UK.

A cross-section of bands from McGee's current Creation 23 label will also take to the stage, including Marquis Drive, The Illicits, Cat SFX and Shambolics.

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Creation 23 act Cat SFX

"I'm looking forward to this one, some of the best old bands with some of the best new bands," says McGee - whose lifestory has been turned into a film, Creation Stories, starring Trainspotting's Ewen Bremner as the record label boss.

"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."

Current line-up:

Saturday 29 May 2020
Happy Mondays
Echo & The Bunnymen
Black Grape
The Clockworks
The iLLicits

Sunday 30 May 2020
Friendly Fires
The Wedding Present
Heavy Lungs
Marquis Drive

Further acts to be announced.

Tickets are on sale from 21 October 2020.

Creation Day runs Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 May 2021 at West Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 4PH.

Tickets / more information:

NB. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the festival may be subject to change. Tickets will be on sale in a limited capacity, which will be reviewed over time, with more tickets may be released depending on national guidance.
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Why? A brand new live music festival for the West Mids
Where: West Park, Wolverhampton
Cost: From £55 per day
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