Counteract to Rock Villa Park At Kit Launch


Aston Villa to mark the launch of 2013/14 home & away kit with free family festival in association with Counteract Magazine.

Following on from the success of last year’s event, Aston Villa Football Club and Counteract Magazine have announced details of a free family festival to mark the launch of the 2013/14 home & away kit.

Held across the Father’s Day weekend of June 15th + 16th 2013, the free festival at Villa Park will showcase the best in up-and-coming local talent on Counteract Magazine’s music stage and will also give ardent fans the chance to purchase the new Macron home kit, which will be on sale from 9am on June 15th.

Alongside the music, the Kit Launch Festival will also feature children’s fairground rides, inflatable games, mini stadium tours, a food court and various other activities to give the festival a real family feel.

Headlining the music stage on Saturday is Jaws, one of Birmingham’s best up-and-coming bands.

 Riding the recent wave of acts to hail from the UK’s second city, Jaws have cemented their place in the ‘b-town’ music scene with their unique brand of melodic bliss, following the likes of Peace and Swim Deep who have taken the country by storm. Jaws headline the music stage at 4.15 on Saturday June 15th.

The Bombergs, Prisms, Shatter Effect, Laced, The Artois, Hoopla Blue and FOES will also join Jaws on Saturday.

Headlining Sunday, Father’s Day, is Brum septet Tempting Rosie.

Tempting Rosie are like no other local band. Their up-tempo hybrid of ska, reggae and pop is rivalled by none, making Tempting Rosie the ultimate party band and perfect festival closer. Don’t miss them headlining the music stage at 4.20pm on Sunday June 16th.

Look out for a special performance by Gary Nock at 3.20pm on Sunday, the man behind popular Villa anthem ‘Oh To Be A Villan’.

George Barnett, Two Fathoms, Lovats, Eat Y’Self Pretty, Friday Club and Leopard will also join Tempting Rosie and Gary Nock on Sunday.

Handpicking the bands for the music stage is local online music magazine Counteract, Aston Villa’s official provider of local music for the past two years.

Counteract Magazine editor and founder Richard Franks said: “After the success of last year’s event, it’s a real honour to be able to work with Aston Villa again for the 2013/14 kit launch.

“On a personal level, I’m a massive Aston Villa fan, so if you’d have told me a few years ago that I’d be curating a festival at Villa Park I’d have told you where to go!

“But for the bands this is just fantastic. Some of them are only just starting out. For them to be able to say they’ve played at Villa Park and have their band printed in the programme and up on the big screens, that’s something money can’t buy.

“It also gives fans something a little different to look forward to – a huge free event at Villa Park with live music, fairground rides, inflatables and so much more. I can’t wait.”

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