One of Teesside’s best loved bands is set to celebrate its 25th birthday and on the cards will be the ‘ultimate’ family party designed to appeal to music lovers of all ages.
Stockton’s The Wildcats of Kilkenny have performed to more than half a million people across the planet from massive Chinese New Year celebrations in Beijing to St Patrick’s Day mayhem in New York, Millennium headline appearances in Newcastle to a multitude of festivals.
Now they’re set to mark their quarter of a century with a headline slot at One Big Family Picnic in Stockton’s Trinity Gardens on Sunday August 28.
Frontman Mike McGrother has described the event as their ‘biggest family party ever’ and plans are to mirror previous gigs at the likes of SIRF, Stockton Weekender and Preston Park with an event jammed full of fun, activities and events for all ages.
“I am always deeply touched by the age range of a Wildcats gig,” said Mike.
“A typical wildcats crowd can contain children, groups of lads having a dance, work parties and 80 year olds. They all seem to get together and celebrate what we have in common – and being alive!
“So whilst our venue gigs are great fun, we wanted to try and create an open air end to the to the Summer holidays where the whole family can come along and have fun together!
The line up includes a family disco led by Urban Kaos, (‘think holiday hotel mini-disco’ says Mike); 60’s sounds performed by The Phat Tyrtles; a mass singalong and lots of children’s arts activities, face painters and more.
Refreshments will be available including Matty’s Bistro Bar and Grill giving opportunities to young unemployed people to develop employability and work experience and the event will also host an in-church reflective space remembering the families of the 1245 Sunflowers – the fallen of World War 1.