After the success of last year's inaugural Lindisfarne Festival the first wave of acts for the 2016 event has been announced.
This year's festival promises to be even bigger and better than 2015, while still retaining its independence, intimacy and fun atmosphere.
Held on Beal Farm, Northumberland from the September 1 to 4, organisers are delighted to announce their first acts.
The bill includes Reef, The Cuban Brothers, Beardyman, Little Comets, Molotov Jukebox, including lead singer Natalia Tena from Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, Mercury-nominated C Duncan, world-renowned and Northumbrian-born Kathryn Tickell and Superfolkus, Lisbon and Shields among many more.
Reef will play the headline slot on the Saturday night with Friday’s headliner and many more major acts still to be announced.
Other artists include The Church, Colonel Mustard and The Dijon 5, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, Blue Rose Code, Elephant Sessions, Funkliners, Pinact, Cattle & Cain, Ms Mcq, M1 Dukebox, The Happy Cats and Hip Hop Hooray. The line-up plays host to a number of critically-acclaimed artists across genres including indie, funk, rock, soul, jazz, hip-hop, dance and folk alongside a great showcase of North East talent.
The niche camping festival for over 18s, which overlooks Holy Island will also feature a range of DJ’s, holistic therapies, creative arts and a wide selection of high quality local food and ale. If a giggle is what you are after, festival goers won’t be disappointed with the comedy and poetry tent promising to offer up a variety of talent. This year campers will also be given the opportunity to arrive early on the Thursday evening, September 1, to settle in, pitch their tents and enjoy some light entertainment before the main event starts on the Friday afternoon. Entertainment will be on until 4am for anyone wanting to dance till dawn.
Conleth Maenpaa, owner of Nokomis and Bor Events and founder of Lindisfarne Festival, said: "We were completely overwhelmed by the feedback and support received for Lindisfarne Festival last year and we are working hard to build on this success for 2016. We were so proud the North East got behind us to make this happen and being shortlisted for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2015 was simply the icing on the cake, giving us a real platform to grow from.
"Our plan this year is to build on what we have created, growing capacity slightly as demand increases but still retaining the cool, intimate and friendly vibe we have become renowned for. We have a few surprises up our sleeves but can’t reveal too much at this stage! We also want to encourage more first-time festival goers to come along as we had quite a number who attended last year and once there wondered why they hadn't come to one sooner.
“We are really excited by our line-up and are working hard to secure more great acts with further announcements to be made in due course. We urge people to buy their tickets early as we anticipate higher demand this year."
Tier 3 tickets will be available to buy from today at £85 for a weekend ticket and £50 for a Saturday ticket. We also have a buy 10 for the price of 8 offer for group bookings and all tickets include free camping.
The line up and information about ticket sales can be found on the festival's Facebook and Twitter pages and website http://www.lindisfarnefestival.com/.
Conleth added: "We hope people will join us on our journey to make this yet another truly magical event that we can be proud of.”