Festival Paradise North of Border; Two North East Bands Are about to Make a Mark at One of Scotland's Biggest Music Festivals. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

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EDEN Festival returns next month and this year will feature performances from two Tyneside bands.

Unique in its approach to festival, Eden hosts 13 stages and more than 300 acts, but this is no 150,000-strong festival.

Instead Eden has around 5,000 attende and sets out its stall as a boutique, family-friendly festival with a great variety of sounds, decorations, boudoirs, themed bars and cafes, workshops, healing tents, children's games and hidden areas.

Free of all sponsorship, bland white marquees and branding, Eden Festival harks back to the community feeling of old and has established itself as a blossoming grassroots festival.

This year's headliners include Gomez, Plump DJs, Herbaliser, Parov Stelar, Zion Train, Orkestra Del Sol and Emma's Imagination, who returns to Eden Festival to perform on the main stage after initially being involved by running the Drumtrodden Performance stage at the inaugural event.

Playing alongside these headliners are Newcastle-based band The Baghdaddies. Touring the world for 14 years, the Baghdaddies' genre is world music with strong Balkan tendencies alongside Caribbean grooves, Middle Eastern rhythms and even some Geordie touches, all awash with influences such as ska, jazz, punk and metal, delivered with theatre and exuberance. …


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