Country park to host festival

Andy P from Bombskare who is headlining Coquetfest in September
Andy P from Bombskare who is headlining Coquetfest in September

Although the school summer holidays are ending, there’s one good reason to be happy that September is just around the corner.

A great new festival is on the cards at Druridge Bay, near Amble, starting a week tomorrow.

Coquetfest is a three-day event devoted to music, beer, beach and food, promising attractions for all the family.

It is being held at Druridge Bay Country Park, alongside one of the most popular stretches of beach in the region, and is expected to draw a sizeable crowd.

The dog-friendly event is intended to be a showcase for local and national bands, as well as a hat-trick of fun days out for all the family.

The three-day festival will see more than 30 bands perform across three stages, and something for everyone is promised, with everything from rock to reggae and from punk to poetry being represented.

The headline band on the Saturday night, September 5, will be the nine-piece ska act Bombskare, fresh from lots of other festivals this summer.

Reggae band Urang Matang will be joined by Dexys Midnight Runners stalwart trombonist Big Jim Paterson.

Blondie tribute band Dirty Harry will play on the Friday, along with local heroes Fickle Lily.

Weekend camping tickets bought on the gate will cost £30, assuming there are any left.

A whole range of different tickets are on offer, starting at £3 for a Saturday day adult ticket.

Festival organiser Tony Guerilla said that there are only a limited number of tickets left for those keen on camping, so it would be advisable to book ahead at