MUSIC lovers have been spoiled for choice with three days of live sessions to suit all tastes in an attractive rural setting.

The fourth Northern Kin Festival has brought an array of bands and solo performers to Ushaw historic house, chapel and gardens, near Durham, the event’s new setting.

Spread over three days of the Bank Holiday weekend, a total of 40 bands have been performing on two main stages, plus an acoustic stage, covering all genres of folk, rock and blues, with big names from the music world of the last 50 years still able to turn on the magic for fans of all vintages.

The line-up has featured notable names, like Dr Feelgood, Fairport Convention, New Model Army, Squeeze, Nik Kershaw, Del Amitri, Andy Fairweather Low, Blow Monkeys, Focus and Geordie, plus some less familiar acts, including Holy Moly and The Crackers, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Beans on Toast and Ferocious Dog.

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Festival-goers, many taking advantage of on-site camping, basked in hot sunshine, particularly on Saturday, and enjoyed a wide range of food and drink offers, but there were also regular shuttle bus links to the site from Hartlepool, Darlington, Newcastle, Sunderland, Bishop Auckland and Weardale.

An array of trade stalls, offered a variety of clothing, records and memorabilia, with a range of DJs keeping the crowds entertained between the live sets.

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