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Newark Festival is back and the line-up will be chart-toppers McFly, Gabrielle, Lemar and Vernon Kay

Newark Festival is returning this year as England makes progress on the roadmap out of lockdown and will be headlined by McFly, the Advertiser can reveal.

The festival has had to be retracted to one day, Saturday, August 21, as a result of coronavirus but promises to give people are real lift as restrictions are lifted.

In addition to chart-toppers McFly, the Ellis Mathers presents Newark Festival line-up will be Gabrielle, Lemar and Vernon Kay, who will be DJ-ing.

McFly (47572723)
McFly (47572723)

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McFly are of the most successful chart acts of their era with seven UK number-one singles, six top-ten albums, six sell-out tours, four million tickets and ten million albums sold worldwide, McFly are without question one of the most significant British pop acts of the 21st century.

On confirming that they will headline the festival McFly said: "We’re stoked to be playing Newark Festival this summer, we’re desperate to get out and play to our fans.

"Whilst we’ve been trying to keep in contact with our fans online, nothing’s the same as being on stage. Bring it on – see you in August."

Joining McFly is Gabrielle.

Gabrielle (47572752)
Gabrielle (47572752)

The Masked Singer Star made an immediate impact when her debut single Dreams spent three weeks at Number One in the summer of 1993.

Her second number one single Rise, followed in 2000 and was embraced by fans as an anthem that helped them inspire them to keep the faith that better days would follow in the future.

Her catalogue of hits includes a further eight Top 10 hits, notably Out Of Reach, which featured in Bridget Jones’s Diary, If You Ever with East 17 and Give Me A Little More Time. More recently, her new Album Do It Again charted at No.04 in the UK album charts.

Vernon Kay will entertain the festival family with a DJ set. A huge personality of TV, Radio and film, Vernon will play some of the 80’s and 90’s classics to really get the festival party started.

Vernon Kay (47571122)
Vernon Kay (47571122)

Lemar has notched up an impressive seven top 10 singles and has well over two million album sales under his belt. He is a double Brit Award and triple MOBO Award winner who has shared the stage with many of musics greats, from Lionel Richie and Beyonce to Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake.

His most notable singles include, Dance With You, 50/50, Time To Grow and If There's Any Justice, which spent four months in the UK Singles Chart.

Following the disappointment the 2020 festival was unable to take place due to covid restrictions, organisers have been working to ensure a 2021 festival date will happen.

Lemar (47571270)
Lemar (47571270)

Organisers, home-grown Liz Hobbs Group, said the festival had always been about uniting our community, friends and family in a fun, safe and secure environment.

Changes to the line-up, due to availability and to the date of the festival have been made, with an expanded line-up and the festival now taking place on one day for this year with the Friday night and Sunday daytime events cut.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs, Liz Hobbs Group chief executive, said: “We are thrilled to be announcing the line-up for Ellis Mather Presents Newark Festival 2021.

"The festival is one of the highlight’s of the summer for us and we missed it terribly last year – as I’m sure the rest of Newark did.

Ellis Mathers presents Newark Festival.
Ellis Mathers presents Newark Festival.

"We can’t wait to see all the smiling faces, and the fun we all have at Riverside Park in August.

"The strong revised line-up means we’re going to have such party, and although we have had to condense the festival into a one day event, I know the Newark public will make this one of the best Festival’s yet."

Clerk to Newark Town Council, Alan Mellor said: "The Newark Festival is the 'anchor’ and highlight of the summer events programme for the town and enables us to attract visitors who, in turn, spend in our shops, bars, restaurants and overnight accommodation.

"Our town centre is outstanding and we want more and more people to come and discover Newark and contribute to our economy. The festival provides an opportunity for us to showcase our beautiful town to visitors from across the region.

"I would thank the local community for supporting the Festival over the last few years and hopefully this support will continue this year and we can make it a memorable and successful event ”

“The town council is delighted to once again support the Newark Festival.

"Since its return in 2012 the festival has become one of the highlights of the town’s cultural calendar, it is brilliant that it is returning after the loss of live music over the last year due to the coronavirus.

"This year’s festival has a fantastic line-up and I am sure will bring a much needed dose of entertainment and normality back to our lives."

The 2021 edition of Newark Festival see Ellis Mather Group return as its naming rights partner, with the Tuxford based e-commerce and magnet specialists joining long standing festival partners Newark Town Council, Liz Hobbs Group, Barcode Warehouse, and Newark College.

Matthew Ellis-Mather, managing director of Ellis Mather Group, said “We are beyond ecstatic to be returning this year, bringing the local community together for another amazing and memorable festival after what has been a challenging time for so many.

"With our fantastic line-up, we know everyone is going to have a blast and we’re excited to see everyone back enjoying music in the best way."

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