Hi:Fi PART I…THE NORTH

Brand New Festival Concept

LAUNCHES the Summer music calendar in Spectacular Style

Hi:Fi is an incredible new double music festival taking place in May 2006. It will re-write history as the FIRST EVER festival to boast a line up of both block-rocking bands and superstar DJs. This super-sized event, taking place simultaneously both in the North and South will smash all pre-conceptions by giving rock and dance equal billing on a line up that will blow your mind.

Hi:Fi North will take place for one day and night on Saturday 27th May at the picturesque Matfen Estate near Newcastle. As part of the last Bank Holiday Weekend in May, there's no doubt Hi:Fi will kick-start the summer by being the first major music event of the season.

Hi:Fi North Headliners include:

* Ian BROWN

* Maximo ParK

* EDITORS

* Audio bullys

* Paul Oakenfold

* Sasha & John Digweed

* ERICK MORILLO

* 2Many DJS

Hi:Fi is the brainchild of the Angel Music Group who are responsible for Global Gathering which last year sold out with record breaking numbers of over 40,000 people. Hi:Fi adds an event to their festival portfolio which represents people's more eclectic taste in the noughties. The indie line up has been supervised by Glastonbury talent booker, Martin Elbourne who provides valuable insight into the live music scene.

James Algate, the festival organiser says,''Hi:Fi is the festival for the iPod generation''. The event will offer something for everyone musically by bridging the gap between out and out dance and live shows. We want to give our guests the opportunity to see their indie and dance heroes performing side by side for the first time. This is something that we believe will suit the more eclectic music tastes of the 21st century perfectly."

Hi:Fi will be a festival of firsts:

* This is the first time live bands and DJs have been so closely combined on a line up

* This is the first time the North East has had its own festival having been sandwiched for so long between T in The Park and Carling Leeds

Hi:Fi will also feature a quality bill of non-musical entertainment including chill out areas and exclusive VIP arenas. Bands from the local area will also be able to enter a competition to perform live in front of the huge crowds, which is an amazing one off opportunity.

Tickets are on sale now and are broken into two categories: General Admission (£52.50+ booking fee) and VIP (£75+ booking fee). VIP tickets will entitle guest access to a private arena where they can rub shoulders with the event performers and enjoy a private bar and lounge with its own DJs and acts. The website, www.hififestival.com, will feature regular updates on the line-ups.

An announcement on sister event: Hi:Fi South will follow soon.

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