Guitar legend Wilko Johnson and alt-dance band The Farm are the latest additions to the line-up for Kubix Festival 2020 in Sunderland.
They will join the line-up on Saturday, July 11, as the festival returns to Herrington Country Park for the third successive year.
Johnson is the man who literally defied death to be playing today. He found fame as a member of Dr Feelgood in the mid ’70s, then carved out a successful solo career playing gutsy, down-to-earth rock and roll.
He was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer in January 2013, and played a farewell tour while he was still well enough, and made an album, Going Back Home, with The Who’s Roger Daltrey, which he thought would be his last.
However, it was discovered that the diagnosis was not as bad as first feared, and he underwent radical surgery to treat his illness, which has been cured.
He has been gigging all over the world ever since with a band including bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe from the late, great Ian Dury’s band, The Blockheads, and fans know they’’re in for a treat whenever they take the stage.
The Farm will be inviting fans to ride their Groovy Train when they return to Kubix after a popular set at this year’s festival.
The Liverpool band enjoyed a No. 1 album with their debut LP Spartacus in 1991, and went down a storm this year as the current line-up, still featuring founding members Peter Hooton and Steve Grimes, played hits like All Together Now at this year’s festival.
Saturday’s bill already includes The Levellers, New Model Army, The Selecter and The Wedding Present on the main stage, plus Gang of Four, Holy Moly & The Crackers, Death of Guitar Pop and Duncan Reid & the Big Heads on the second stage.
Four more big acts are still to be announced, including two of the top three acts on the main stage, and the second stage headliners.
The previous day, Friday 10 July, will see Kubix celebrate the best of ‘80s and ‘90s pop, with acts already confirmed including Vengaboys, N-Trance, Smoove & Turrell and Vandebilt.
A limited number of early bird tickets for both days, priced £22 per day, and weekend tickets are available now from the Kubix website HERE.
This year, for the first time, weekend camping tickets are available for fans wanting to enjoy both days of music, within sight of the famous Penshaw Monument.
Kubix Festival began in 2018 as an effort by a group of local promoters to delivery top- quality entertainment at a price that won’t hurt your pocket.