GIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Reef and Little Comets to rock North East festival

Rockers Reef, The Cuban Brothers, Beardyman, local lads Little Comets, Molotov Jukebox and Mercury-nominated C Duncan are among the first wave of acts announced for a North East festival.

Monday, 22nd February 2016, 11:03 am
Updated Monday, 22nd February 2016, 11:10 am
Headliners Reef

Building on the success of the inaugural Lindisfarne Festival last year, the event returns in 2016 with a bigger line-up.

Joining headliners Reef on the bill is Northumbrian-born Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus, Lisbon and Shields with more acts to be announced.

Little Comets. l-r Matt Hall, Rob Coles and Mickey Coles.

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This year’s festival will be held on Beal Farm, Northumberland, from September 1-4.

Reef will play the headline slot on the Saturday night with Friday’s headliner to be announced. Other artists include The Church, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, Blue Rose Code, Elephant Sessions, Funkliners, Pinact, Cattle & Cain, Ms Mcq, M1 Dukebox, The Happy Cats and Hip Hop Hooray. The line-up plays host to a number of critically acclaimed artists across genres including indie, funk, rock, soul, jazz, hip-hop, dance and folk alongside a showcase of North East talent including Little Comets, which features Jarrow brothers Rob and Mickey Coles and Washington’s Matt Hall.

The camping festival for over 18s, which overlooks Holy Island, will also feature a range of DJs, holistic therapies, creative arts, a comedy and poetry tent and a wide selection of local food and ale.

This year campers will also be given the opportunity to arrive early on the Thursday evening, September 1, to settle in, pitch their tents and enjoy some light entertainment before the main event starts on the Friday afternoon. Entertainment will be on until 4am for anyone wanting to dance till dawn.

Little Comets. l-r Matt Hall, Rob Coles and Mickey Coles.

Conleth Maenpaa, owner of Nokomis and Bor Events and founder of Lindisfarne Festival, said: “We were completely overwhelmed by the feedback and support received for Lindisfarne Festival last year and we are working hard to build on this success for 2016. We were so proud the North East got behind us to make this happen and being shortlisted for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2015 was simply the icing on the cake, giving us a real platform to grow from.

“Our plan this year is to build on what we have created, growing capacity slightly as demand increases but still retaining the cool, intimate and friendly vibe we have become renowned for. We have a few surprises up our sleeves but can’t reveal too much at this stage. We also want to encourage more first time festival goers to come along as we had quite a number who attended last year and once there wondered why they hadn’t come to one sooner.

“We are really excited by our line-up and are working hard to secure more great acts with further announcements to be made in due course. We urge people to buy their tickets early as we anticipate higher demand this year.”

Tier 3 tickets will be available to buy from today at £85 for a weekend ticket and £50 for a Saturday ticket. There is also an offer of buy 10 for the price of eight for group bookings and all tickets include free camping.

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