New music and spoken word acts have been announced for the inaugural Lindisfarne Festival in September.
Hyde & Beast, The King Bees and Mixmaster Morris will join the line-up for the three-day festival along with poet and Journal columnist Kate Fox.
Kate, a one-time poet-in-residence at Glastonbury, will perform in the Jibba Jabba poetry tent at the new music and creative arts festival.
Hyde & Beast and The King Bees are both established North East bands. Mixmaster Morris – alias Morris Gould – is a ‘chillout’ DJ specialising in ambient music.
Headliners for the new festival, taking place at Beal Farm, Northumberland, include Public Service Broadcasting, Craig Charles, Reverend & The Makers, Smoove and Turrell and The Skints.
Festival founder Conleth Maenpaa, owner of Nokomis and Bor Events, said: “We are really excited about the festival and have been working hard to create something special that we hope will become part of the North East for years to come.
“We are pleased to confirm a variety of great entertainment including a silent disco, alternative therapies, the Jibba Jabba poetry tent, Tibetan monks, delicious local food, a real ale bar, art installations, street performers, yoga and meditation, camping, bonfires and much more.
“From sight and sound to taste, we want this to be a truly experiential festival that people won’t forget.”
Many of the acts heading for Beal Farm, which is on the mainland opposite Lindisfarne, have recently performed at Glastonbury, including Nadine Shah, DJ Yoda, The Baghdaddies, Ghetto Funk Allstars and Mr Tooley.
Calling it “a slice of Glastonbury right here in our back yard”, Conleth added: “It is strange to think that the first ever Glastonbury started back in 1970 with just 1,500 tickets and now draws a crowd close to 200,000.
“Will you be able to say you were at the first ever Lindisfarne Festival? We hope so.”
Two thousand tickets were put on sale for the Northumberland festival and can be bought for the whole weekend or just the Saturday, September 5, via www.lindisfarnefestival.com