Festival bows out after a decade

SLUG, who were co-headlining with Hyde and Beast at Out of the Trees.
SLUG, who were co-headlining with Hyde and Beast at Out of the Trees.

The tenth and final edition of north Northumberland’s only alternative music festival took place last Saturday across three venues in Warkworth.

Out of the Trees X saw musicians and bands from across the country play in the village’s Memorial Hall, Hermitage Inn and Masons Arms.

As during most of the event’s 10-year history, the proceeds went to charity and this year’s beneficiary was the Samaritans.

Organiser Matthew Weaver said: “We raised a grand total of £852.15 for the Samaritans.

“The last event has been an emotional one, it was a lot of hard work, but it was a brilliant, inspiring day and I think with it being the last one, it was the best event that we’ve ever done. I don’t see how we can better that line-up.”

Matthew started Out of the Trees with Susie Jenkins-Temple following a gig they played in Warkworth in 2005, but both felt it was the right time to call an end on the event, which, in terms of the organisation and running, had a real family feel.

Although Matthew added: “It’d be nice if someone else took over and started doing something similar to what we’ve done and I can go as a punter for a change.”

Explaining the development of the festival, he said: “It became quite apparent early on that we were on to something and we were motivated by the positive feedback we’d get from artists playing and by the sheer crowd numbers we were attracting to such a event, we were quite taken aback by this.

“We were turning a profit and from the third year we did it onwards, we started donating the profits to charity, with the aim to at least raise awareness of the charity on the day.”