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Feargal Sharkey named as patron for LIVE in Barnsley music festival

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Saturday 7th December 2013
A good heart: Feargal Sharkey, the patron of LIVE in Barnsley.

A music legend who brought the world 'teenage kicks' is to become patron of the LIVE in Barnsley music event and plans to visit the town next year.

 

The Chronicle can exclusively reveal that Feargal Sharkey, the Northern Ireland musician who found fame as lead singer of pop punk band The Undertones, has weighed in behind the event.

 

Feargal, 55, will visit Barnsley next year before officially launching the festival which takes place on June 21.

 

The coup came about through Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher who is friends with the musician.

 

Speaking exclusively to the Chronicle, Feargal said he is delighted to be involved.

 

"Michael Dugher and Dan Jarvis told me all about what a brilliant event this is," he said.

 

"I'm really looking forward to coming to meet some of the young musicians in the area.

 

"Live music events like this are so important and I want to pay a huge tribute to the organisers."

 

Mr Dugher said he was thrilled as the festival is 'a fantastic event'.

 

"The fact that we've managed to land the support of music royalty is a huge tribute to the brilliant Live in Barnsley organisers."

 

Last year the festival had almost 100 bands playing across 11 venues in the town centre and organisers Steve Clifford and Dave Pearsall are hoping Feargal's involvement will lead to some TV coverage.

 

Sharkey's biggest hit was 'A Good Heart' which was number one in 1985, though he is probably still best known for the anthem 'Teenage Kicks' with the Undertones, before they split in 1983.

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