Lindisfarne Festival taking place on Beal Farm, Northumberland from the 1st-4th September 2016 is shaping up to be a real showcase of arts, music, culture and nature, all set within a spectacular area of outstanding beauty on Beal Farm, overlooking Holy Island. Whilst the line-up boasts an eclectic range of music from the likes of Reef, British Sea Power, Cuban Brothers and Beardy Man, the festival for over 18s promises to be so much more than just the music as organisers reveal a range of new and existing features for 2016.
From a Thursday night opening, music till 4am, workshops, high end food vendors, glamping, street performers, an evening bonfire, the BBC Introducing Stage, DJ, comedy and poetry marquees, there really is something for everyone at this year’s event which promises to be even bigger and better than the previous.
So what’s being planned for 2016?
This year the festival will open its doors a day early on the Thursday night giving people the opportunity to pitch their tents and enjoy some warm up entertainment from a range of acts including Hannabiel and the Midnight Blue.
The event will also showcase the best in up and coming North East talent on the BBC Introducing Stage, another new feature for 2016. Headlining the Saturday afternoon take-over is Coquin Migale, recently signed to Fierce Panda, the band have received Radio 1 plays and amazing reviews from their stint at The Great Escape
For those camp shy festival goers, a range of glamping tent packages courtesy of Belle Hotel will also be on offer and a partnership with Virgin Trains means attendees can travel to Berwick for 20% off their rail fare (full details are on our website).
If the spoken word is your thing, the Jibba Jabba poetry tent will make a comeback this year, featuring both Kate Fox and Rowan McCabe amongst others. For a giggle or two, the comedy marquee will also be in full force, staring Duncan Oakley, Mick Ferry and David Hadringham.
Dancing till dawn will certainly be the order of the day in the DJ marquee which will be in full swing across the weekend, with Shindig’s Mark Lowry and Let Their Be House DJ, Glen Horsborough.
A festival that also celebrates both nature and the arts, for those early risers, Holy Island guided walks will be on offer alongside a range of workshops across the weekend from creative writing, African American step dance, rapping, street art, ukulele sessions and a drumming circle.
Like last year, you won’t be alone at Lindisfarne Festival and may bump into the odd character or street performer too! Think fire eaters, a walk about musical ensemble, tribal drummers and much more. And let’s not forget the communal drinking and chat around the evening bonfire which will take pride of place once again this year!
And a festival would certainly not be complete without the right refreshments to keep attendees super charged and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the high end produce on offer. From delicious local craft beers to a range of cuisines served up by Fat Hippo, Dandelion Café, Tandoori Hut, Mutley’s Crepes, Caraway Kitchen and Streetzerria, there is certainly something for everyone.
Conleth Maenpaa, Owner of Nokomis and Bor Events and Founder of Lindisfarne Festival commented:
“Anyone that has ever been to Lindisfarne Festival will tell you that it is much more than just the music. Being in an area of outstanding natural beauty for one, helps to set our festival apart, enabling people to unwind and relax into the weekend. We are proud of our musical line-up which boasts a really diverse range of talent but we are also excited by the range of activities, entertainment and workshops we have available. There really is something for everyone. Our aim is to build a festival that the North East can be proud of for years to come and we urge people to round up their friends and family and come and join in the fun.”
Weekend tickets are available to buy at £85 for a weekend ticket and £50 for a Saturday ticket. 10 tickets for the price of 8 are also on offer for group bookings and all tickets include free camping.
Line up and information about ticket sales can be found via the festival’s social media pages and website.
Published: Monday 18/07/2016
By Visit Northumberland
Now in its second year, the Lindisfarne Festival is a unique and special music and cultural festival based on the mainland close to Holy Island in North Northumberland.