Beal Farm in Northumberland played host this weekend (29th Aug -1st Sep) to the 5th Lindisfarne Festival which has been hailed a huge success by organisers and festival goers, quite literally raising the roof on the previous 4 festivals with a huge 4,500 in attendance. And plans are now underway for 2020 with the impending launch of a crowdfunding campaign to ensure the event’s future.
Over 200 acts across 10 stages including Friday and Saturday headliners Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres, Ocean Colour Scene and local folk stars Lindisfarne saw the event take off … with high winds adding to the event’s wild revelry and forcing a small temporary closure of the mainstage while safety checks were undertaken.
But the show went on with the 3 -day over 18’s camping festival proving a huge hit once again with festivalgoers, hailing it “A great festival in unrivalled scenery full of happy people”, “the best one yet”, “an absolutely fantastic weekend”, “the most easy going and friendliest festival we’ve been to” and “a permanent fixture on the calendar!”
Conleth Maenpaa, Founder of Lindisfarne Festival commented;
“We are buzzing by the response we have had to Lindisfarne Festival 2019! It was without a doubt the best festival we’ve ever put together! None of it would have been possible without such a brilliant passionate team, who’s determination and talents know no bounds and of course our wonderful partners and festival attendees – who continue to support our independent festival year on year.
It was touch and go for a while as to whether we’d be able to reopen the mainstage in time for the main acts on Saturday – after high winds caused a tear in the marquee roof, forcing the venue to be temporarily evacuated. It was a stressful time, with just hours to go until Ocean Colour Scene were due to headline but ensuring the safety of everyone on site was our main priority. The winds were strong, but our team were stronger, responding quickly and professionally to ensure public safety and the continued smooth running of the event.
We did have to make some last-minute changes to the schedule, with some bands being moved to different venues but everyone was so understanding and patient and thankfully the show went on and all the bands blew everyone away (no pun intended!)”
This year organisers went all out to take the festival up another level with over 200 acts from every imaginable genre. This year saw the addition of ‘DeltaCity’ & ‘The Bridge Block Party’, two brand-new fully immersive festival venues as well as some hidden secret stage areas. Fire- walking, a kaleidoscope lighting show and the infamous annual fancy dress theme which this year invited festival goers to dress up as either a Viking or raucous Queen, helped the event once again reign supreme.
So what’s next for 2020?
Organisers are already putting plans into action to ensure the festival returns again for 2020 by launching a crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday 1st October setting themselves a target of selling 1,000 tickets within the month in order to ensure the festival’s return for its 6th year.
In order to keep making the festival sustainable and following high competition for funding and the increasing cost of putting on outdoor events like this, we have decided to launch another crowdfunding campaign. The success of the campaign will quite honestly dictate whether the event is something we can run again in 2020 and we ask all our followers to get behind us.
The crowdfunding campaign for the 2018 event which raised over £75k over 6 weeks was a huge success so we are confident we can do it again. Importantly, crowdfunding allows us to plan and invest in acts early on, helping us to build on the event year on year, making it the best it can be. We hope people will get behind us once again to make the 2020 event another big success and ensure its future as the North East’s best end of summer party.”