As the summer holidays come to an end, a new music festival is being held at a Northumberland beauty spot – and we have tickets to give away inside this week’s Northumberland Gazette.
With a stellar line-up, including Craig Charles, Reverend and the Makers, Public Service Broadcasting and The Skints, as well as a variety of local talent on show, the Lindisfarne Festival will take place at Beal Farm, next to Holy Island.
Alnwick lad Johnny Dickinson will be just one of many local acts booked to perform over the weekend next month.
Other acts include Smoove and Turrell, Dj Yoda, Nadine Shah, The Lake Poets, Frankie and the Heart Strings, and many more.
As well as a feast of music and DJ talent, other forms of Northumberland talent can be seen, and a variety of local businesses will attend to show off their finest delicacies.
The festival has an array of local suppliers providing therapies and entertainment, and food businesses from all the corners of Northumberland will be there, from Cramlington-based Heavenly Manna to butcher Well Hung and Tender from Berwick.
Lindisfarne’s own mead company and Pilgrims of Holy Island will also be selling their goods.
Conleth Maenpaa, who owns Nokomis and Bor events and founded the festival, said: “It’s not long now until the first ever Lindisfarne festival and both myself and the team are gearing up to make this a weekend to remember.
“People often ask me what Lindisfarne Festival is all about and what it aspires to be. My answer is that essentially it is all about bringing people together in a great environment, surrounded by great music and the best entertainment, whilst harnessing the flavour and personality of the North East.
“Northumberland has so much to offer with its stunning landscapes and coastline, it is an attraction in itself and is the very reason we chose it as our festival location. Beal Farm is a wonderful spot overlooking the stunning Holy Island and we felt it provided the perfect location to host Lindisfarne Festival.”
He added: “The idea to launch the festival was very much born out of the desire to create something special for the North East, something people could own for years to come.
“When we researched the festival market in the North East it was clear there weren’t many weekend camping festivals and we wanted to create one that encapsulated a cool, communal vibe where friends and family could get together and relax – a festival that presented value for money and a place where people could kick back and enjoy great entertainment, refreshments and meet great people.”
The over-18s event will play host to a range of internationally-recognised artists, local acts, poetry, comedy, art installations, holistic therapies and treatments, a bonfire, food and real ale.
There will also be Tibetan Monks, and an artist who will decorate the festival with the Lindisfarne Gospels through the form of graffiti.
There will be four music marquees to cater to all musical tastes.
The full schedule can we found on the website www.lindisfarnefestival.com
The event takes place on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5.
Weekend tickets are priced at £78, and Saturday-only tickets are £50. Both include camping on the site.
People can take their own food and drink into the campsite, but not into the festival area.
We have two pairs of tickets for the Saturday evening with camping to give away to readers.
For the chance to win answer the following question: Which Berwick butcher will be selling produce at the Lindisfarne Festival?
To enter you must pick up a copy of the Northumberland Gazette, fill in the competition form and send it to us by Friday, August 28.