STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL

We are delighted to welcome the legendary rock icon Steve Harley, to Northern Kin Festival, as Friday headliner, along with his fantastic band, Cockney Rebel.

Harley has written and recorded twelve albums in a stellar career spanning over 40 years, and still plays to sell-out audiences in many countries world-wide. Acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest and most charismatic live performers, he loves touring, as much as the audiences love seeing his brilliant live shows. “I love it more now than ever. I cannot imagine stopping it. It’s what I do, play and sing”, he says.

” Mojo magazine states, “Harley creates rock songs that are proud, lyrical and full of yearning”, while his old friend ROD STEWART has called him “One of the finest lyricists the UK has ever produced” and The Sunday Express rightly acknowledged him as “Britain’s best-kept Live secret; a consummate performer at the top of his game”,

Among those who have benefited from Steve’s charity performances have been HUNTINGDON HALL, Worcester; CHAILEY HERITAGE SCHOOL FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN; NORDOFF-ROBBINS MUSIC THERAPY Charity; THE BRIDGE PROJECT (for those with learning difficulties), SUFFOLK, and GUITARS AGAINST LANDMINES. Steve has been an Ambassador for the Mines Advisory Group for several years and has lead two treks, one around Cambodia and another across Death Valley, to help raise funds towards landmine clearance.

He presented his own show for BBC Radio 2, Sounds of the Seventies and has been involved in racehorse ownership since 1984, as racing is his main pastime.

Playing a long list of classic hits, including ‘Mr Raffles (Man, it was Mean)’, ‘Judy Teen’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Mr Soft’, ‘Sebastian’, and the world-wide hit and UK No.1, ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’, which has been confirmed by the Performing Rights Society as one of the most-played singles in British Radio history, plus an eclectic mix of great tracks from his career recordings; this will be a very special performance to headline the Friday night.