UPCOMING blues rockers Xander and the Peace Pirates have confirmed their appearance at a Penkridge music festival and the Newsletter has a pair of weekend camping tickets to give away. Xander and the Peace Pirates will join the Saturday night line up at the three-night Middle of Nowhere Festival at Lower Drayton Farm this month (JUL). Headed up by brothers Stu and Keith, the Xanders are amassing a growing legion of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to regular Sunday night performances as resident band at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club and gigs across the country, their star is on the rise in the States where they have already played numerous historic New York venues and have dates booked in South California in the near future. Having shared the stage with some of rock’s greatest acts, the Peace Pirates are working on their first album with renowned producer Eddie Kramer, known for his work with acts including Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. With a lead guitarist being hailed by many as the first guitar legend of the 21st century, this is a band making it the old fashioned way as festival organiser, Val James, explains. “We thought we’d already got a great line up this year, but when the opportunity to get Xander & the Peace Pirates on board we jumped at the chance even though it meant juggling an already tight schedule. These guys are the real deal – musically and creatively – and are destined for great things,” she said. Xander and the Peace Pirates will perform at the Middle of Nowhere Music Festival on Saturday night, before headliners Dr Feelgood take centre stage. Other acts performing at the event include Friday night headliners The Broombusters, Dan Walsh, The Blue Tuesdays, Herbacious Borders, Gin Sunday, Pelo, The Taskers, High House, Emily Heath, Anthony Small, Ryan Cleary, Owen Charlton and Chris B. In addition to great live music, the family-friendly festival offers a host of other activities. Circus workshops, a green craft field with holistic therapies and children’s craft activity area, fairground rides and the venue’s family fun farm attraction with its adventure playground, Maize Maze, friendly animals and pony rides are sure to keep revellers busy. The festival takes place for three days from Friday, July 18 and weekend camping and day tickets are on sale now, priced at £50.00 and £25.00 respectivel – or £45.00/£22.50 if bought in advance online at www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk (accompanied under 16s half price). Tickets are also available by calling 07817 691352. To be in with a chance of winning the tickets answer the question below and send the answer on a postcard with daytime telephone number to Nowhere Men competition, Staffordshire Newsletter, The Mills, Mill Bank, Stafford, ST16 2QZ, to arrive by noon on Monday (14). Q: Where do Xander and the Peace Pirates have a residency.