Official RLWC2021 Fan Village

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Fans and residents can expect a carnival atmosphere at the Official RLWC2021 Fan Village on Newcastle Quayside.

For fans looking to experience Newcastle’s iconic quayside from a unique perspective, the Official RLWC2021 Fan Village will feature the famous zip line across the River Tyne. Tournament organisers are advising those fans wanting to experience the zip line, to book in advance via this link, as the activation requires booking confirmation, and is likely to sell out.

Supported by Radio Metro, the Official RLWC2021 Fan Village will run from underneath the Tyne Bridge, through to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Boasting attractions for people of all ages, the RLWC2021 Fan Village will have a range of family-friendly activities, food and drink stalls, activations from RLWC2021 partners, music and big screens, plus a huge fireworks display on Saturday evening to complete the festivities.

On Saturday there will be a special guest appearance from Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, who will join the event host Jon Corbett on stage to chat highlights, match analysis and predictions for the rest of the tournament.

The Official RLWC2021 Fan Village will run from 14:00 to 22:00 on Friday 14 October and 11:00 to 22:00 on Saturday 15 October, to coincide with a packed weekend featuring: the opening fixture for the Rugby League World Cup between England men and Samoa men at St James’ Park; Scotland v Italy in the men’s tournament at Kingston Park on Sunday 16th October; and a rugby league festival involving over 200 teams.

The Quayside fan zone is part of the Rugby League World Cup Cultural Festival which marries sport and art to celebrate the international tournament and the event’s theme, ‘The Power of Together’. Championing inclusivity and positive social impact, the Arts Council England-funded project will take place across Newcastle, Hull, Leeds and Manchester to showcase the history and atmosphere of the iconic tournament.

Live music line up

An eclectic line up of DJs and some of the North East’s best and brightest emerging bands are set to entertain the space across both days.

Headlining the Friday event is the party-starting hip-hop band, Hip Hop Hooray. Reworking the iconic music of artists like Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Jay-Z, Eminem, RUN DMC, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G. and more, the 8-piece band are known across the country for their explosive live shows that never fail to get the audience on their feet and dancing and singing to the genre-defining classics of the 90s and early noughties.

Saturday will see the North East’s favourite soulstress, Beth Macari hit the stage for a headline performance featuring her acclaimed original music and some of the greatest classic soul bangers. The singer has performed on some of the biggest stages in the North East, with shows at Virgin Money Unity Arena supporting Alfie Bowe, South Tyneside Festival supporting Will Young and Lindisfarne Festival, amongst many others.

Always a crowd-pleaser for the 1990s indie mad faithful, the National Anthems will bring their flawlessly recreated Brit Pop hits to the event on both days, with an acoustic set scheduled for Friday 14 and the full band experience programmed on Saturday.

Kicking off Saturday’s programme of music are high-risers The Redroom, the latest musical powerhouse to emerge from the region. Hot on the heels of their latest release ‘Time’, the band will belt out a set of original music fusing alt-indie, blues, jazz and psychedelic rock. Fronted by 19-year-old Jessica Lewis-Ward, the band’s take on female experience and the current issues faced by the younger generation of today is set to be the perfect introduction to the tournament’s themes of inclusion and togetherness.

Next on stage will be South Shield’s own Courtney Dixon, whose infectious indie pop evokes to sounds of David Bowie, Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks. The young artist’s 70s and 80s-inspired glamour and guitar-driven beats have set her on the path to stardom. This summer, Spotify added her latest single ‘Bang Bang, Honey Honey’ to their ‘New Music Friday’ playlist. It received BBC Radio 1 play on Gemma Bradley’s show and was included on Amazon Music’s ‘Best New Bands’ Playlist. After a whirlwind month with her song featured in the last ever episode of ‘Neighbours’, Cortney is on a crazy release streak with addictive new singles dropping every 6 weeks. Following a string of festival appearances over the past months, the up-and-comer is set to be at the top of her game.

Starting off the celebrations on Friday from 4pm will be singer-songwriter Connor Haley followed by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Jamie Lee Harrison and his trio. The two artists will ease the crowd into the party with the sounds of acoustic and indie rock. Since his impressive appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013, Jamie Lee Harrison has become one of the North East’s most beloved musicians.

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