Music festival was another hit

Lindisfarne Festival
Lindisfarne Festival

A weekend-long music festival that took place at the beginning of September has been hailed a huge success.

Lindisfarne Festival at Beal Farm witnessed a 30 per cent increase in attendees.

And reviewers pronounced the weekend to be even better than the inaugural festival in 2015.

Organisers are now looking to build on the popularity for 2017, and they are calling for the region to get behind them and support them early so they can start making plans.

Overlooking Holy Island, the festival for over 18s provided a celebration of music and the arts, with fun, togetherness and nature being at the core of the event’s identity.

With an eclectic range of acts taking to the stage, from Reef and Fatherson to The Cuban Brothers and Beardyman, there really was something for everyone.

A strong, local flavour also remained at the heart of the festival, with acts such as Shields and the Baghdaddies performing alongside up and coming regional talent showcased on the BBC Introducing Stage, which was another big hit with visitors.

Conleth Maenpaa, owner of Nokomis and Bor Events and founder of the Lindisfarne Festival, said: “We are completely overwhelmed by the support we have had for Lindisfarne Festival 2016 and the positive reviews we have been receiving have been amazing

“It’s great to see that we are witnessing a steady growth year on year in terms of turnover and attendees, and that people are behind us.

“The North East and Northumberland have really taken us to their heart and it means a lot as we work hard each year to improve and build on the festival.

“Our aim is to do everything in our power to bring the festival back next year for 2017, taking it to the next level whilst still retaining its intimacy, vibe, sense of community and togetherness.

“As an independent company, we do urge people to get behind us early so that we can make the necessary plans and deliver the best event we possibly can.”

He added: “We were shortlisted for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards last year so fingers crossed we can enter those again and bring back the silverware for the region. You never know, we may even submit a cheeky vote for Best Loos.

“Overall we are very excited with what we have achieved over the last couple of years and look forward to the future.

“We want to thank everyone who got behind us for their support, including all the volunteers, staff, media and festival goers – it means a lot.”