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Acts announced for inaugural Lindisfarne Music Festival

Musicians from the North East and further afield will entertain at the inaugural music festival near Holy Island

Roger Sargent Reverend and the Makers
Reverend and the Makers

Headline acts including Reverend and The Makers and The Skints will entertain alongside North East talent at the inaugural Lindisfarne Music Festival.

The new festival, announced last month, is to take place over the weekend of September 4 to 6 at Beal Farm, Northumberland, across the water from Holy Island.

Aimed at over 18s, it will take place in four marquees with entertainment on offer from the Friday evening until the early hours of Sunday.

Also in the first wave of acts to be announced are funk and soul aficionado Craig Charles, DJ Yoda and Smoove & Turrell, North East purveyors of northern funk.

Smoove & Turrell (Jonathan Scott Watson and John Turrell) are not the only familiar North East faces with a Lindisfarne date. Nadine Shah, The Lake Poets, Johnny Dickinson, Hannabiell and Midnight Blue, Frankie & the Heartstrings and The Happy Cats are also on the bill.

Smoove and Turrell
Smoove and Turrell

Joining them will be Trev Gibb, Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, Shields, Slow Light Quartet, Mister Tooley and Dancing with Ghosts along with World Headquarters owner Tommy Caulker who advised on festival acts and will perform a DJ set.

Also signed up are Ghetto Funk Allstars, JFB, Jackie Oates, The Church, Sean Taylor and The Tribe.

Festival founder Conleth Maenpaa said: “We are delighted with the artists we have managed to secure for our inaugural Lindisfarne Festival.

“It was important that we started off small to create an intimate setting while 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 up-and-coming artists too.

“It was also very important that we secured a good concentration of acts from the North East, showcasing the amazing breadth of local talent we have here.”

He said the festival, catering for 2,000 people, would also have “a range of creative therapies, wonderful gastronomy and the breathtaking backdrop of Holy Island”.

Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle

Conleth Maenpaa – the name bestowed by his Irish mother and Finnish father – studied economics at Northumbria University from 1993-6, went to London and there met his Newcastle-born partner.

“We always promised we’d move back up to Newcastle at some point and last summer we did,” said Conleth, saying his London recruitment agency was being run on his behalf.

“I started looking at the festival scene and saw that while there’s a great music scene there isn’t really a proper camping-type festival.

“I did a lot of research and knocked on doors in the Berwick area and came up with this.”

He said he had worked closely with Northumberland County Council to ensure the festival is sensitive to the environment and local communities and hoped it would continue and grow.

Tickets go on sale on March 24 via www.lindisfarnefestival.com

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