Festival tunes in to fans

Out of the Trees Music Festival'Trev Gibb at The Hermitage photo by Rory Dickenson
Out of the Trees Music Festival'Trev Gibb at The Hermitage photo by Rory Dickenson
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Out Of The Trees Music Festival, Hermitage Inn, Warkworth, and Warkworth Memorial Hall, Sunday

A POPULAR independent music festival returns to Warkworth on Sunday.

Out of the Trees is one of the most unique events on the North East music scene.

The showcase comprises a packed programme of music and takes place in the village’s Hermitage Inn and Warkworth Memorial Hall.

This year’s event is being held in aid of SPOWE Uganda, a grassroots charity supporting victims of HIV and Aids.

Festival organiser Susie Jenkins said: “We’ve been running the festival for seven years now, and as the festival has gradually grown in size it seemed a good idea to put the proceeds towards a charitable cause.

“In past years, we’ve raised money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Morden Tower and, this year, we’re supporting SPOWE Uganda.

“We’re still a very small independent festival, and everyone involved in organising the event does it purely for the love of new and alternative music.

“There’s a really original and vibrant music scene here in the North East and it seems a good way to celebrate that by bringing everyone together in the beautiful village of Warkworth, which is also handily my home town.”

This year’s line-up will feature Edinburgh singer-songwriter Withered Hand, plus Newcastle bands Deerhart, Baskin’s Wish and Here Comes Good Sailing.

The festival’s afternoon session in the Hermitage Inn’s function room will feature close-harmony folk group The Cornshed Sisters, plus music from Fantasy Rainbow, A Woman of No Importance, Nev Clay, Wreaths and Agerskow.

Organisers are hoping to bring in an audience from near and far.

They have enlisted the help of Alnwick company Dreadnought Coaches, which is providing a vintage 1960s double-decker bus to transport festival-goers from Newcastle and back again, leaving Central Station at 1.30pm.

Tickets are £10 for the full day, including a return trip on the bus and entry to both venues.

For those not taking the bus, entry is £2 for the afternoon session in the Hermitage Inn, which runs from 3pm to 7.30pm, and £5 for the evening session in Warkworth Memorial Hall, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

For information, visit www.outofthetreesfestival.com