Festival line-up reveals much more than music entertainment

A range of street entertainment will be provided at the Lindisfarne Festival.
A range of street entertainment will be provided at the Lindisfarne Festival.

There’s more than music to a Northumberland festival as organisers reveal a range of other entertainment on the bill.

The four-day Lindisfarne Festival takes place at Beal Farm in September, featuring the likes of Reef, British Sea Power, the Cuban Brothers and Beardy Man, with music running until 4am.

A range of street entertainment will be provided at the Lindisfarne Festival.

A range of street entertainment will be provided at the Lindisfarne Festival.

But that’s not all you can expect from the over 18’s event as a comedy marquee, poetry tent, creative workshops and walks are also on offer, along with high end food, glamping, street performers and a bonfire.

The annual festival is opening a day earlier this year on Thursday, September 1, with warm up entertainment from acts such as Hannabiel and the Midnight Blue.

Another new feature is the BBC Introducing Stage, showcasing up and coming North East talent, with Coquin Migale filling the Saturday afternoon spot.

And there will be dancing till dawn in the DJ marquee, featuring Mark Lowry and Glen Horsborough.

There really is something for everyone.

Conleth Maenpaa

The Jibba Jabba poetry tent is back, with Kate Fox and Rowan McCabe among the performers, and over in the comedy marquee will be Duncan Oakley, Mick Ferry and David Hadringham.

For early risers there are guided walks on Holy Island, while workshops range from creative writing, ukulele sessions and a drumming circle to African American step dance, rap and street art.

Fire-eaters, a walk-about musical ensemble and tribal drummers will be among the street performers.

A range of glamping packages are being offered by the Belle Hotel, while a partnership with Virgin Trains will offer festival-goers 20 per cent off a rail fare to Berwick.

A range of street entertainment will be provided at the Lindisfarne Festival.

A range of street entertainment will be provided at the Lindisfarne Festival.

Among the refreshments available there will be local craft beer, along with food from Fat Hippo, Dandelion Cafe, Tandoori Hut, Mutley’s Crepes, Caraway Kitchen and Streetzerria.

Festival founder Conleth Maenpaa said: “Anyone who 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 helps to set our festival apart, enabling people to unwind and relax.

“We are proud of our musical line-up, which boasts a really wide range of talent, but we are also excited by the range of activities, entertainment and workshops available. There really is something for everyone.”

The festival runs from September 1 to 4. Tickets cost £85 for the weekend and £50 for Saturday. All include camping. For more information visit www.lindisfarnefestival.com