From humble beginnings…
Born out of the desire to create something special for the North East, Lindisfarne Festival came to life in early September 2015, when a 2000 strong crowd decended onto the glorious fields at Beal Farm to experience a weekend like no other.
From Friday evening through to the early hours of Sunday, the inaugral festival played host to an incredible variety of both local and world renowned musicians and DJs (including Craig Charles, Reverend & the Makers, Public Service Broadcasting, The Skints, DJ Yoda), who performed an eclectic mix of indie, funk, rock, folk and dance music across four intimate music marquee venues.
Following a damn good first event - we received incredible feedback (and a few constructive criticisms) and 3 UK Festival Award nominations - making the shortlist for UK's Best New Festival!
We live and we learn...
Lindisfarne Festival returned in 2016 with a slightly bigger capacity (2500), an even bigger lineup and an extra night of awesomeness. The 3 night / 2 day festival saw performances from more than 70 acts including headliners Reef and British Sea Power as well as a crowd of homegrown talent such as Little Comets, Kathryn Tickell, The Baghdaddies, Rob Heron and Shields.
We listened to all the feedback and sorted the toilets (which were pristine and pleasant even on Sunday morning). We made the site smaller and more intimate, we added a Glamping area, more workshops and a dedicated dance tent. We also added a new emerging talent stage, which was taken over by BBC introducing on Saturday afternoon, showcasing the North East's top up & coming talent.
As an event, the 2016 festival could not have gone much better - with amazing reviews from both our festival-goers and the media rolling in by the masses. We were nominated for Best Small Festival, Best Toilets and the Grass Roots Award in the 2016 UK Festival Awards.
The future is in (y)our hands...
Generally, 2016 was a tricky year for the festival industry with a lot of smaller festivals falling by the wayside and even some of the bigger players being forced to take some time off. We made it over the line and now there's no looking back! We have an unbelieveable vision for what Lindisfarne Festival can become and we will continue listen and learn and work tirelessly to bring that vision to life.
With our commitment to growing year-on-year, without losing our much loved intimate and community vibe, 2017 is looking set to be our most phenomenal festival so far! We've got lots of exciting plans up our sleeve, but in order to make some of them a reality - we need the continued support and belief our our festival-goers. This isn't just our festival, it's YOUR festival! Help us to make it even more amazing by buying your ticket in advance