The Popes to be closing act at Off The Tracks

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Festival favourites The Popes head the latest list of artists announced for the Off The Tracks Spring Festival 2013.

They join the previously-announced headliners Alabama 3 and Salsa Celtica, and will close the festival on Sunday, May 26. One further special guest slot is yet to be announced.

The Popes were originally formed by Shane MacGowan when he recorded his solo album The Snake after leaving The Pogues.

They included guitarist Paul ‘Mad Dog’ McGuinness who reformed The Popes with a new line-up.

Also announced is the return of Dub Pistols, in the form of a Friday night DJ set from main man Barry Ashworth. In band mode, Dub Pistols headlined the spring festival last year and, due to phenomenal demand, returned to headline again for the summer festival in September.

Off The Tracks runs from May 24-26 in a beautiful farmland setting at Park Farmhouse, Isley Walton, near Castle Donington. In addition to 40-plus acts on three stages, there are family-friendly facilities, real ales and ciders and top quality catering. Weekend tickets, which include camping and parking, are now on sale priced £75 for adults and £40 for youths (12-16).

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