Music festival is Jarrow pub’s answer to Glastonbury

Norman Scott is hosting the Robin Hood Band Festival at his pub.
Norman Scott is hosting the Robin Hood Band Festival at his pub.

A band festival is aiming to hit the right notes for charity.

Pub landlord Norman Scott is offering Jarrow’s answer to Glastonbury this weekend.

The Robin Hood Band Festival takes place at the pub, in Roman Road, from tomorrow to Sunday.

It will raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, a research charity supporting people with the disease and other dementia.

Norman said: “I recently went to a sportsmen’s dinner and a woman stood up and told a story about her husband who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

“She said he was really smart, drove a nice car, had a good job, but when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s it took his life away, and by the time she buried him, he weighed only six stone.

“It was just the most touching story I’d ever heard and I vowed that the next time I did an event, I’d raise money for that charity.”

The festival kicks off at 6.30pm on Friday with performances from Panic Report, The Mutts, and The Happy Go Luckies.

Saturday’s event kicks off at 3pm. Ten bands are set to perform and beer and sausages from around the world will be on offer. The event will also include games, raffles, and face painting. Entry for both days is £3.

The festival will close on Sunday with a performance from tribute band Bon Jovi Forever, who take to the stage at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £5.

Norman added: “It’s an annual event that I started when I ran The Clock in Hebburn and I’ve brought it over to the Robin Hood with me.

“It’s always a great atmosphere and everyone has a good time. It’s always just been a one-day event in the past, but this time I had so many bands asking to take part that I decided to do it over two days, and that turned to three when Bon Jovi Forever asked if they could close it. We’ll have the bands playing outside in the marquee and hopefully it’s a cracking three days that raises a lot of cash for the Alzheimer’s Society.”