Can Sunderland acts help a new North East festival to become an annual spectacular?

Frankie and the Heartstrings at Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
Frankie and the Heartstrings at Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.

SUNDERLAND acts will be among those helping a new festival to get off to a flying start.

Wearside’s The Lake Poets and Frankie & the Heartstrings, as well as Nadine Shah from Whitburn, will be playing at the inaugural Lindisfarne Music Festival.

Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting

The new music and creative arts festival for over-18s is taking place on Beal Farm, Northumberland, on September 4-6 and comes at a time when Split’s quit and there isn’t an Evolution.

Headliners for the festival include Reverend and The Makers, Public Service Broadcasting, Craig Charles, Adamski, DJ Yoda, Smoove and Turrell and The 

Set within four marquees opposite the Holy Island, entertainment will be on offer from the Friday evening, all day Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday.

Conleth Maenpaa, owner of Nokomis and Bor Events and founder of Lindisfarne Festival, said: “We are delighted with the artists we have managed to secure for our inaugural Lindisfarne Festival.

Nadine Shah

Nadine Shah

“Being in its first year it was important that we started off small to create an intimate setting, whilst securing a range of credible acts and entertainment.

“We feel we have something for everyone. A great combination of internationally-renowned performers as well as a range of North East talent will be showcased including; Nadine Shah, The Lake Poets, Johnny Dickinson, Hannabiell and Midnight Blue, Frankie & The Heartstrings, The Happy Cats, Trev Gibb, Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, Shields, Slow light Quartet, Mister Tooley, World Headquarters (WHQ) and Dancing with Ghosts.”

He added: “Whilst the heart of any festival is the music, Lindisfarne Festival aims to be so much more with a range of creative therapies, wonderful gastronomy and the breath-taking back drop of Holy Island.

“Announcements about entertainment, refreshments and suppliers will be made over the coming months but to date include a Silent Disco hosted by company Hedfone Party, poetry readings and a real ale bar stocking local supplies from Hadrian Border Brewery, Tyne Bank Brewery and many more.”

The first wave line up also includes internationally renowned Ghetto Funk All-stars and acts JFB, Jackie Oates, The Church, Sean Taylor and The 

The Lindisfarne Festival will be an intimate two-day camping festival with a capacity for 2,000.

•Tickets are available to buy online at £78 for the weekend or £50 for the Saturday from