Hopton Court features local talent at summer festival

Hopton Court Hopton Court has been the venue for the Hole in The Wall concerts for the last 11 years

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Hopton Court, near Cleobury Mortimer, is to be the venue for a new Shropshire summer music festival 15-17 July.

Owner of Hopton Court Chris Woodward said he had decided to expand the one-day concert into a three-day festival.

Previously, the annual Hole in The Wall concert has featured the likes of Suzi Quatro, The Hollies and Slade.

Local talent will be at the heart of the festival, including Cleobury Mortimer-based Jake Flowers and Fight The Bear, from Bishop's Castle.

Jake Flowers has played at festivals across the UK, including Glastonbury and T in The Park, where his band last year featured on the BBC Introducing stage.

Fight The Bear, whose tunes range from ska to driving indie anthems, have also been championed by BBC Introducing.

The band were recently picked out for a masterclass session at Maida Vale and their album Dead Sea Fruit has been highlighted as one of Shropshire's best albums of 2010.

Fellow Bishop's Castle act, singer-songwriter Dan Wilby also plays the festival on Friday 15 July.

'Showcase local talent'

Festival organisers have also been working with young people from south Shropshire to present Teenage Kix at The Wall.

The project, which has been supported by Shropshire Council, aims to showcase some of the best local, young talent over the afternoon of Saturday 16 July.

BBC Radio Shropshire's Paul Shuttleworth will compere the event on Saturday and Sunday.

This year tribute acts feature over the festival weekend, covering music from the 1970s up to current chart bands.

The festival will include performances by Kings Ov Leon, The Fillers, Cold Place, Lady Ga Ga'r, Abba Reunion, 80s Mania and Re-Take That.

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