Change of venue for annual VW festival

A scene from a previous Mighty Dub Fest.
A scene from a previous Mighty Dub Fest.

A massive VW festival is on the move, after organisers have announced a change of venue for next year’s extravaganza which could attract around 5,000 people.

The Mighty Dub Fest is set to be staged at Alnwick Pastures in the summer, following a four-year stint at Druridge Bay Country Park.

A lack of space at the coastal beauty spot, coupled with drainage issues, have prompted the new setting.

The festival is scheduled to take place from June 12 to 14 and organiser Bruce Emmett said: “One of the reasons for the change is down to the lack of space at Druridge. We had reached the capacity, so it was a case of reducing the numbers or finding a new venue.

“There was also the fact that the land at Druridge is man-made and doesn’t drain so well. We were finding that the ground was still wet and everything was getting stuck.

“I am really looking forward to going to the Pastures. I grew up in the town and I used to play there as a child and it is a really good venue, with the backdrop of the castle, and I hope it will be good for tourism.

“We will be looking to get a licence for 5,000 people, which would include campers and day visitors.”

The event, described as ’unique’ includes an array of entertainment, including live music and a car show.

Preparing for its sixth year, the festival started at Newcastle Racecourse in 2010, before moving to Druridge Bay in 2011.

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